Academic journal article Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Letter from the Editor

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Dear Reader,

This issue's selections illustrate the continuing imperative for lawyers who are ethically committed to preserving core rights and liberties - whether in schools, adult homes, county jails, or markets - to dedicate themselves to our enduring constitutional mission: to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

This issue begins with an article by Kevin M. Cremin about the definition of "institution" in litigation challenging the legality of various facilities in which persons with disabilities are placed. The article connects the goals of the deinstitutionalization movement with a wide array of definitions of the term. Cremin concludes that the central judicial inquiry is whether unnecessary segregation of services for persons with disabilities is occurring.

The first note, by Thérèse Edmiston, addresses the increasing criminalization of classroom behavior in Texas and other states, and how some jurisdictions have effectively combatted the "school-to-prison pipeline." In addition to constitutional analysis, the piece evaluates several different policy approaches, and offers a list of recommendations for courts and lawmakers. …

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