October 15, 2009

Remembering the late Plyler vs. Doe Judge William Wayne

Judge William Wayne Justice dies at 89

He was once called 'the real governor of Texas’

By R. G. RATCLIFFE and JANET ELLIOTT
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Oct. 14, 2009, 9:37PM

Black children across Texas attend public schools because Justice enforced federal desegregation laws in 1970.

Hispanic children gained the same rights as blacks because of Justice's rulings. His orders prompted bilingual education in Texas.

Texas must educate all children regardless of their immigration status because of a Justice decision.

Juveniles convicted of crimes were moved from incarceration in work camps to modern rehabilitation facilities at his command.

The most sweeping change of all was the Ruiz prison reform case that ended brutal conditions for inmates and prompted a massive building boom that gave Texas one of the largest and most modern incarceration systems in the nation.

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