- For the first time since the death penalty was re-established, Texas will witness more innocent people exonerated by DNA and freed from prison than the state will execute for committing capital murder thanks to the de facto moratorium awaiting a SCOTUS decision in the Baze case. A majority of those exonerations will come from Dallas County.
- TYC's inmate population will fall to 2,000 or fewer by the end of the year, down from more than 4,500 at the beginning of 2007, thanks to SB 103 and new rule changes allowing earlier release.
- TDCJ will face litigation over poor inmate health care that will force the next Legislature to significantly increase spending.
In a bitterly fought election, incumbent Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal will lose his post to former Houston police chief and Democratic candidate C.O. Bradford in November.Whoops, blew this one already - Rosenthal is out!
- If Democrats field candidates for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, they will either win or be the party's highest statewide vote-getters.
- The US government in 2008 will train Mexican police or military officers who will wind up working for drug cartels within the next 3-5 years, just as happened with Los Zetas, the enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel.
And here's wishing Grits' readers a happy and productive new year.