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Jazmine Ulloa

Jazmine Ulloa is a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman.

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ARCHIVE: Cooke family thanks community
 This story originally was published on January 16, 2012.  For Detective Larry Hawkins, quitting has not been an option in the case of Rachel Cooke , who was 19 when she went for a jog near her parents' home northwest of Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2002, and never returned.  He has an 8-foot-tall file cabinet filled with notes, reports...

Posted: 19 days ago

This story originally was published on January 16, 2012.  For Detective Larry Hawkins, quitting has not been an option in the case of Rachel Cooke , who was 19 when she went for a jog near her parents' home northwest of Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2002, and never returned.  He has an 8-foot-tall file cabinet filled with notes, reports...
Despite reforms, felony convictions rare for repeat domestic abusers
 With eight convictions for family violence offenses, Cruz Ramirez Jr. was charged with a felony after he surprised his girlfriend at work one day in October 2013. She told officers he grabbed her by the hair and shoved her into a stairwell, then punched her twice in the chest and shoved her to the ground, police records show. But a year after...

1:39 PM Thursday, Jun. 30, 2016

With eight convictions for family violence offenses, Cruz Ramirez Jr. was charged with a felony after he surprised his girlfriend at work one day in October 2013. She told officers he grabbed her by the hair and shoved her into a stairwell, then punched her twice in the chest and shoved her to the ground, police records show. But a year after...
Judge stops state from licensing immigrant detention center in Dilley
 Civil rights advocates scored a legal victory against a controversial South Texas immigration detention center Wednesday, when a judge barred state officials from licensing it as a child care facility under new rules implemented this year. Travis County state District Judge Karin Crump said the temporary injunction she issued won’t...

10:08 PM Wednesday, Jun. 01, 2016

Civil rights advocates scored a legal victory against a controversial South Texas immigration detention center Wednesday, when a judge barred state officials from licensing it as a child care facility under new rules implemented this year. Travis County state District Judge Karin Crump said the temporary injunction she issued won’t...
Piden que la ciudad prohiba encarcelar residentes que no paguen multas
 Abogados especialistas en derechos civiles están pidiendo que el Concejo Municipal reescriba las políticas de las cortes municipales para prohibir que los jueces puedan encarcelar a las personas que no pueden pagar las multas por ofensas menores. En una reunión del Comité de Seguridad Pública de Austin del...

8:58 PM Wednesday, May. 25, 2016

Abogados especialistas en derechos civiles están pidiendo que el Concejo Municipal reescriba las políticas de las cortes municipales para prohibir que los jueces puedan encarcelar a las personas que no pueden pagar las multas por ofensas menores. En una reunión del Comité de Seguridad Pública de Austin del...
Lawyers call for city ban on jailing residents who can’t pay fines
 Civil rights lawyers are calling for Austin City Council members to rewrite municipal court policies to ban judges from jailing people who cannot pay their fines for low-level offenses. At a Monday meeting of the Austin Public Safety Committee, attorneys and advocates said jailing residents for money owed on Class C misdemeanors, such as...

6:56 PM Tuesday, May. 24, 2016

Civil rights lawyers are calling for Austin City Council members to rewrite municipal court policies to ban judges from jailing people who cannot pay their fines for low-level offenses. At a Monday meeting of the Austin Public Safety Committee, attorneys and advocates said jailing residents for money owed on Class C misdemeanors, such as...
Austin rethinks sending people to jail for unpaid court fees
 A federal judge in March tossed out a lawsuit against the city of Austin that alleged municipal judges were unlawfully jailing people too poor to pay their ticket fees. But the lawsuit has set in motion efforts to examine and change procedures within Austin’s municipal courts. It’s an issue that is brewing in courtrooms and political...

5:39 PM Friday, May. 20, 2016

A federal judge in March tossed out a lawsuit against the city of Austin that alleged municipal judges were unlawfully jailing people too poor to pay their ticket fees. But the lawsuit has set in motion efforts to examine and change procedures within Austin’s municipal courts. It’s an issue that is brewing in courtrooms and political...
Judge weighs fate of South Texas family immigration detention centers
 As long as immigrant family detention centers remain open in Texas, the state Department of Family and Protective Services should be allowed to regulate them to protect the safety and welfare of immigrant children, state lawyers argued Friday. In a Travis County hearing, lawyers with the Texas attorney general’s office sought to show...

12:52 AM Friday, May. 13, 2016

As long as immigrant family detention centers remain open in Texas, the state Department of Family and Protective Services should be allowed to regulate them to protect the safety and welfare of immigrant children, state lawyers argued Friday. In a Travis County hearing, lawyers with the Texas attorney general’s office sought to show...
Five people killed in crash near Dripping Springs

2:06 AM Monday, May. 09, 2016

Five people were killed after two cars crashed on wet roads near Dripping Springs in northwestern Hays County. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said that authorities were called to the scene at 2:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of U.S. 290 and Crow Ranch Road. DPS spokeswoman Robbie Barrera said a tan four-door 2000...
Judge issues restraining order in family detention center case

11:49 PM Wednesday, May. 04, 2016

A state district judge in Travis County has issued a temporary retraining order against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, preventing the agency from issuing a childcare license to one of two controversial family detention centers in South Texas. Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based nonprofit that opposes private prison...
Immigrant rights advocates file suit against state agency

12:08 AM Wednesday, May. 04, 2016

Civil rights advocates are once more turning to the legal system in an attempt to stop federal officials from holding immigrant children at two controversial family detention centers in South Texas. Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based nonprofit that opposes private prison companies, and two detainee mothers are asking a judge to invalidate...
DNA backlog at Austin police crime lab could slow massive case review

9:55 PM Monday, May. 02, 2016

Mark Norwood, sentenced to life in prison for the infamous 1986 slaying of Christine Morton, was to face a jury last September in the similar killing of Debra Baker. But only weeks before his trial, both of his cases were among thousands in Texas flagged for review because of questions about DNA evidence. FBI officials last year notified...