- Just three months into her tenure, Dallas DA Susan Hawk fired two top lieutenants, one of whom called her "unstable," and tearfully admitted she sought treatment a year and a half ago for addiction to prescription pain meds. The Dallas News speculated she may not survive the recent scrutiny, but it's hard to imagine what or who could oust her before 2018.
- Check out a column in the Houston Chronicle making the case for the ten percent prison guard pay hike in the House budget.
- Read NPR's John Burnett on Willacy County's budget shortfall in the wake of a private prison riot that forced the closing of a county-owned immigration detention center. Debt on the facility has been lowered to junk status.
- Here's an update on the status of an FCC investigation into overcharging for phone calls to prison and jail inmates. See related coverage from the Houston Chronicle of legislation by state Sen. John Whitmire to mandate in-person visits instead of only video visitation.
- The New York Times' Room for Debate feature today honed in on how to make forensic science "more dependable and professional."
- What percentage of crimes does your local PD clear? NPR has created a tool to find out. The feature opened, "Violent crime in America has been falling for two decades. That's the good news. The bad news is, when crimes occur, they mostly go unpunished."
Monday, March 30, 2015
DA called 'unstable,' prison guard raises, clearance rates, and other stories
No time this morning to adumbrate the issues in individual posts, but Grits readers may be interested in these items:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 8:16 AM