- Check out a top-notch story from BuzzFeed, of all places, with the teaser, "People in Texas get thrown behind bars just because they can’t afford their traffic tickets. That’s a disaster for people who are already struggling. It’s also completely against the law." The article delivers as promised, read it.
- See video of an hour-long Texas Tribune festival panel on criminal justice. About half of it was spent on culture-war questions - gun control and the death penalty - and about half on subjects where there was largely bipartisan agreement.
- Grits disputes the premise behind this headline: How does one measure whether there's a "shortage" of police when crime is down? Maybe there's just the right number and they need to be diverted from wasteful activities like responding to false home burglar alarms.
- Is it okay for a judge to tell petitioners to F*%# off if they do it in Italian slang? The Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a warning to a Fort Worth JP for such behavior.
- I'd forgotten that, in addition to the new state data published on police shootings, the Houston PD earlier this year launched a database which includes historical data.
- See coverage of the disgraced Hill County Sheriff and two of his top managers who were convicted of tampering with government documents, claiming officers received training when they had not.
- Contract negotiations between San Antonio and the union broke down because the city refused to drop a lawsuit challenging an "evergreen" clause that keeps the old terms going for ten years after their meet-and-confer contract ends. Good for Mayor Taylor. That's a terrible, antidemocratic provision they should never have agreed to in the first place. It pointlessly ties the city's hands.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Texas courts illegally jailing motorists for unpaid tickets, and other stories
Here are several more items which merit Grits readers attention even if I don't have time this week to turn them into independent blog posts: