Watch state Reps. Jeff Leach and Joe Moody discuss lawmakers’ criminal justice work at The Texas Tribune Festival

State Reps. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, and Joe Moody, D-El Paso.

State Reps. Jeff Leach and Joe Moody discussed lawmakers’ criminal justice work at the 2021 Texas Tribune Festival.

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State Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, has represented House District 67 since 2013 and chairs the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee. State Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009 and is vice chair of the House Calendars Committee.

Leach and Moody discussed what criminal justice legislation passed this year — and what work they think is left to do — in an interview with Jolie McCullough, criminal justice reporter for The Texas Tribune.

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