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Transcending Foster Care and TDCJ

Sep 1st, 2019
Veronica Lockett and kids

My name is Veronica Lockett. I am a 37-year-old native of Austin, Texas and the mother of a happy, healthy, beautiful fourteen-year-old daughter, Raney, and seven-year-old son, Ryan. I have acquired both positive and negative experiences from my childhood in the Texas foster care system. I continue to overcome the effects of past abuse and neglect as I aspire to achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency. I hold a Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work from Texas State University. While my license is expired, I practiced as licensed social worker with child victims of human trafficking. Most recently, I graduated from UNT Dallas College of Law in Dallas, Texas.

Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) vs. Mental Capacity

Aug 25th, 2019
An incarcerated female inmate lies covered in a blanket

In the past year I have had several conversations with legal practitioners, legislative staff, and other stakeholders regarding the difference between IST and mental capacity. In an attempt to clarify some of the confusion surrounding the two, here is a brief description of the critically important differences. Competency (to stand trial) requires that a person

Role of Peers – “Would you like to fly?”

Aug 18th, 2019
Hogg Peer Policy Fellows

It has been demonstrated time and time again that people with like experiences can better understand and relate to others living in similar experiences. Peers are coaches, mentors, advocates, and sometimes confidants. They are often bi-lingual and have talents beyond anything that can be taught in a classroom setting. They speak “street smarts”, empathy, and

Where we belong

Aug 11th, 2019
Kevin Garrett

Over thirty years ago I got heavily involved in drugs, into the streets, and ultimately into the criminal justice system. I was snared into a system that was unjust, unfair, and financially burdensome for taxpayers. 2007 marked the end of my “hard knocks” learning period. As life started getting better and clearer, I began to