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Families of Sick Prisoners Plead for Compassionate Release as Coronavirus Spreads Behind Bars in Texas

by | Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 9:40 CST
Advocates for incarcerated people are urging Governor Abbott to release parole-eligible people who are elderly or have chronic illnesses.
Inmates are seen inside the Harris County Jail on Friday, May 5, 2006, in Houston. State officials have ordered Harris County to raise staffing levels to the state mandate at its overcrowded jail, and county officials said Friday they hope to avoid having to ship inmates elsewhere in the state. (AP Photo/Melissa Phillip, Pool) by

In a Pandemic, Poor Defendants Could Pay With Their Lives

COVID-19 lays bare the fundamental inequalities that a cash bond system creates, and highlights the unsafe conditions our jails and prisons have designed.

I arrived at the Harris County Public Defender’s Office before 7 a.m. on Friday, March 13. The calls for action to stop the spread of COVID-19 had been buildi...Read More

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COVID-19 Reveals the Urgent Need to House the Homeless

As state and local governments scramble to provide the homeless access to rooms in order to save them (and us) from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s worth keeping one eye on the future. 

For weeks, advocates and news outlets have been sounding the alarm: The homeless are profoundly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease is a new and ur...Read More

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