Friday, February 09, 2007

Update from Motel Hell: Fixing the Dallas County Jail

At Dallas Sidebar, Proximo, who works at the Dallas County DA's office, says everyone is pulling together in Dallas to accomplish the Herculean (or perhaps Sisyphian) task of reducing the jail population by 1,000 inmates in the next three months. (The Commission on Jail Standards has said they won't let them take new prisoners after that unless guard-to-inmate ratios are lowered.) But it's ulitmately Sheriff Valdez's problem, he says, and she'll have to take responsibility for it. I offered a suggestion or two in the comments and encourage those interested to go do the same.