Thursday, March 23, 2006

Gallows humor

Best line (if a bit macabre) from yesterday's Texas House Corrections Committee hearing:

"What's our prison population?" asked Chairman Madden. "Full," replied LBB's Michelle Connolly. Right now it's at 151,585, she said. "But there's an execution today," deadpanned Rep. Jim McReynolds, "so that's 151,584."

Worst idea from the hearing:

Rep. Harvey Hildebran thinks Texas needs a "new definition of child abuse, or maybe two definitions," because when a TYC guard handles a juvenile too roughly they could be charged with child abuse.

Didn't I read that somewhere in an Al Gonzales memo?

See Grits' full coverage of the hearing
Preview and Sunset suggestions
House Corrections Highlights
Juvenile justice bashed and defended
Advocates: Texas needs stronger probation
More Texans on probation than any other state

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