Country Justice in Texas
The Country Justice project investigates rural criminal law deserts, the implementation of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and the efficacy of rural justice innovations. This empirical research study focused on Texas generates a statewide view by collecting and analyzing data from state and national statistical agencies. It includes case studies of rural communities, deeply researched through interviews with local justice officials, court observation, and record review. The project will seek to conduct trauma-informed interviews with justice-involved community members. In the long term, Country Justice aims to address critical issues facing rural areas in Texas, including access to legal representation, jail overcrowding, and wrongful convictions.
Rural Appointed Representation Rates in Texas
The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural-Urban Continuum Codes were used in the classification of all counties as metro or non-metro areas. Appointed representation rate data are not available in all counties in all years. Where data are missing the number “-999” appears. For more information about this map, see our Research Methods.
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