Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Official planning to reduce pretrial detention

While attention nationally has been focused on creative solutions to pretrial detention at Rikers Island, a number of advocates I know have already been abuzz about this Texas news reported in the Houston Chronicle (June 28): "Earlier this month, Nathan Hecht, the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, announced the creation of a committee to study the issue for the Texas Judicial Council, the policy-making body for the state judiciary. Depending on the results, they may throw their support behind changes in the next legislative session."

Meanwhile, in Houston earlier this month, the McArthur Foundation "awarded Harris County a $150,000 planning grant, one of 20 doled out across the country to gather data and encourage stakeholders to put together a proposal that is due in January."

Your correspondent has focused on these questions since the earliest days of this blog, so I'm glad to see elected officials finally pushing for action at the Legislature and in Harris County, which are the two main places change must occur if reforms are going to stick.

2 comments:

TriggerMortis said...

Reduce pre-trial detention? Obviously the new sheriff in Harris County didn't get that memo: http://www.ksla.com/story/29439920/harris-county-jail-crowding-sends-100-inmates-to-beaumont

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