Juntos for a More Compassionate Court #RehabNotJail

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The Markus Herrera Initiative

With a 500% increase of our current state inmate population, from the 1970’s to present, and the huge financial lobby and growth of private prisons in our state; Texas has grown to a prison-driven-economy with over 246,000 adults and juveniles currently behind bars and over 735,000 Texans in the on-going-cycle of our criminal justice system.

Race and income disparity have also played a crucial role in determining who is in prison with 62.13% of our inmate population being African-American, 21.15% Latino, 16.17% Anglo-Saxon (White), and over 57% of the inmate population coming from the lowest tier of our income bracket.


Our goal is to reform the criminal justice system in South Texas and ensure we treat our friends and family, who are dealing with addiction, as people who need help and not as criminals. One of our closest friends here in the Rio Grande Valley who has helped many, is currently facing 20 to life and we need your help.

Markus Herrera is not just a father and a son, he is a person who took care of a neighbor's mother  and a recent widow when he was in Iraq, will pick up his phone to anyone who called and was the first to aid anyone seeking help, and most importantly he a friend and someone who like many millennials is dealing with a Xanax addiction all by himself, with no support, no help, and no facilities of treatment close to our region or affordable to working or middle-class families.

We humbly ask for you to sign our petition, keep us in prayers, and reach our goal of 2,000 signatures before Valentines Days and together help us build a more compassionate court.


With gratitude,


The People of the Rio Grande Valley and the Herrera Family.

 



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