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Texas’ Mandatory Sentencing Enhancements

A policy product of the general “get tough on crime” era, sentencing enhancements enjoyed a great deal of bipartisan political support during the early 1980s through the late 1990s. Sentencing enhancements are statutory provisions that raise the minimum threshold of criminal sentence based on a certain characteristic of the offense or offender.

This report analyzes the extent to which sentencing enhancements create a deterrent effect that can enhance public safety.



We Should Be Wary of Using Card Readers to Expand Civil Forfeiture Practices

Derek M. Cohen | June 10, 2016
While some jurisdictions have been eager in the last several years to pass legislation seeking to curb civil forfeiture—Florida and Nebraska have most recently reformed their systems—law enforcement authorities…
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