- An editorial from the SA Express-News wondered whether data on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the DPS border surge are "being purposely withheld because they will hurt the case for this border surge?" Grits wonders, "Surely that's a rhetorical question?" My bet: Those details will be released as soon as it's too late for them to affect the Legislature's border-related budget debates. R.G. Ratcliffe at Burka Blog has been all over this issue lately.
- The Texas Observer had a good article on the status of legislation related to body cameras. Here's more on the subject from the Texas Tribune, the Dallas Observer, the Dallas Morning News, and the Austin Statesman.
- The editorial board at the Waco Tribune-Herald made the case for raising the age of criminal culpability from 17 to 18.
- "The CDC estimates that 120 Americans die from drug overdoses every day," according to an NPR story on Friday. The coverage was timely with HB 225 by Guillen up for a vote on the House floor on Monday, a bill authorizing naloxone use in response to opiate overdoses and creating a defense for the person who called 911. The bill passed out of committee with no public opposition. See prior Grits coverage and the House Research Organization report (pdf, p. 21) on the bill.
- This is a decent column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on why ignition interlocks shouldn't be required of every driver convicted of DWI. I agree with that position, but the American Beverage Institute isn't exactly the best messenger.
- Philip Hilder, an attorney and member of Houston's toothless Independent Police Oversight Board, has a guest column arguing that Houston PD should reveal details about its use of Stingrays and body cameras.
- Now that Texas prison weddings have resumed, here's a story about one of the few people approved so far to officiate them.
- There's been little detailed coverage of the recent hunger strike at a private immigration detention facility in Karnes County, but Candice Bernd at Truthout has a lengthy account.
- Here's a link to the end-of-session deadlines for bills to pass the 84th Texas Legislature. April is the Month of Hope under the pink dome when all things are still possible. Come May, bills begin to die like infantrymen at Gettysburg.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Body cams, raise-the-age, overdose prevention, and other weekend links
Grits was ridiculously busy last week, so blogging was light. Here are several items which merit readers' attention even if they didn't make it into independent posts.
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 8:29 AM