- A proposed resolution this Thursday at the Austin City Council directs city staff to draft regulations for municipal court judges significantly limiting when people may be arrested for nonpayment of Class C fines.
- Whether Dallas can purchase the shuttered Dawson State Jail depends on the price.
- McLennan DA Abel Reyna may have to recuse himself from prosecuting the Twin Peaks biker cases because of a civil suit against him. Normally prosecutors have absolute immunity and can't be sued, but Reyna likely opened himself up by directing the police investigation on the ground and usurping the officers' role.
- The Christian Science Monitor has a piece on the Laura and John Arnold Foundation's risk assessment model, for which Grits harbors high hopes. Related: From USA Today, "Justice system too costly for the unconvicted." Also: from the Houston Press, "If Mom doesn't pick up her phone, you might end up stuck in jail."
- The chairman-elect of the Texas Association of Business had a column in the El Paso Times urging the Lege to raise the age of adult criminal culpability in Texas from 17-18.
- Amanda Woog's Texas Justice Initiative data project continues to receive attention. See a lengthy Huntsville Item story on the topic.
- For the first time, proposals for criminal justice reform made it into both national party platforms, noted the Brennan Center.
- Out of New Mexico, read what happens when a long-time District Attorney decides to prosecute police officers over bad shootings.
- How traffic tickets can destroy indigent people's lives. See also this essay from the Boston Review on the history of debtors prisons in American jurisprudence.
- SCOTUS last term continued the decades-long trend toward gutting the Fourth Amendment like a fish.
- The jury trial is dead. You're shocked, I know.
- Your correspondent last week made some LED-lettering signs for our friends at the Austin Justice Coalition to use at protests and events. I thought they turned out pretty well:
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Civil suit may force Reyna recusal on Twin Peaks, and other stories
Here are a few odds and ends which merit Grits readers' attention: