More than a quarter of the Texas women murdered by their partners die in Harris County. But Lloyd Oliver, who won the Democratic nomination for DA in 2012 and is running again, wants to shrink the division to pursue “serious” criminals.
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Yet another Justice Department study says the Harris County Jail has a sexual abuse problem. Can Sheriff Garcia fix the problem without admitting it exists?
Harris County family court judge Denise Pratt has been plagued by scandal, bad press and even official reprimands. Come March 4th, will it matter?
Want treatment for mental illness in Houston? Go to jail.
As head of Texans Together, Fred Lewis helps poor and minority Texans gain a say in state government.
In 2001, Houston voters approved an amendment to the city charter forbidding benefits for anyone but “legal spouses” of city employees. Is a gay couple legally married in a state that recognizes their union a legal spouse in Houston? Mayor Parker and the city attorney say yes. The Harris County Republicans say they’re “[thumbing] their nose at the will of the people.”
Same-sex partners of city employees who were married in other states will now receive spousal benefits, and staff at that Harris County Jail will take a more nuanced approach to LGBTQI inmates.
Houston voters last night decided to keep Mayor Annise Parker and to destroy the Astrodome. While those were the headline votes, the more interesting […]
One of the contributors to Texas’ slowly dropping incarceration rates is a growth in diversion programs that address problems like addiction and mental illness.
Harris County, for example, recently doubled its number of crisis intervention response teams, which include trained deputies and mental health clinicians who answer 9-1-1 calls where mental illness may be a factor.
The study found that detained defendants had it worse all around. They were less likely than bond defendants to receive deferred adjudication or probation. And they were about half as likely to have their charges dismissed. That means in addition to having spent time in jail before their trial—which, obviously, the bonded defendants didn’t—detained defendants were likelier to get additional jail time.
Finally, among bonded and detained defendants who were sentenced to jail, the detained defendants received longer sentences. In brief, for being poor, they’re punished twice.