- Closing the loop on a story first broken on this blog, the Houston Chronicle reported that Gov. Greg Abbott has reversed Rick Perry's decision to defy the federal government over implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Good for Gov. Abbott, Perry's position on this bordered on insensible.
- The University of North Texas Health Science Center has received numerous large grants from the National Institute of Justice, including for research on DNA mixture protocols and multi-million grants to support a National Missing and Unidentified Persons database.
- Following up on this story on the Harris County Jail, here are several complaints filed in federal court over deaths and a 2009 letter from the Justice Department detailing similar problems, via the Texas Legislative Research Library.
- Austin is moving closer to creating a sobriety center/drunk tank separate from the county jail.
- See coverage in the Houston Chronicle of new HPD bodycams and a copy of the departmental policy governing them.
- Dallas Police Chief David Brown looks like he'll survive a no-confidence vote by the department's largest union. Grits just finished reading a telling discussion of that time-honored tactic in this book by Texas unionists and may return to their analysis later.
- "Counties across Texas increasingly are sending teenage lawbreakers to out-of-state rehabilitation programs instead of state-run lockups that have been plagued by reports of violence," reported Mike Ward at the Houston Chronicle. "In all, 226 youthful offenders have been sent to 13 out-of-state treatment programs for at-risk youths in the past two years from Harris and 20 other counties."
- At the risk of indulging anti-intellectualism, and with apologies to my friends in the academy, as a frequent consumer of academic social-science products, I've laughed at this all morning.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Texas will comply with PREA, and other stories
Here are a few items which merit Grits readers' attention even if I don't have time this week to fully adumbrate them: