Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Reasonably Suspicious Christmas episode: The Grinch story "if the Whos were us," plus the policy failure of high fines, examining recent innocence cases, and reviewing Texas' biggest criminal-justice stories of 2019

Here's the December 2019 episode of Just Liberty's Reasonably Suspicious podcast, co-hosted by me and our good friend Mandy Marzullo, of the Texas Defender Service. This month includes a special Christmas poem in the intro! Enjoy:

Here's what's on deck this month:

  • Christmas Poem: "If The Whos Were Us"
Top Stories
  • Why high fines and fees are a plague on the criminal-justice system.
Musical interlude: Debtors Prison Blues
  • What recent Texas innocent cases tell us about needed policy reforms.
Year in Review: Fill in the Blank
  • Bail reform in Harris County
  • Abolition of the Driver Responsibility surcharge
  • Texas Legislature unintentionally decriminalizes marijuana
  • More prosecutors going after cops in police shootings
The Last Hurrah
  • Care for seniors makes up half of Texas prison health budget
  • Prison supervisor busted in contraband scheme
  • How Potter County lost ALL its historic criminal-court data to a ransomware attack and what it means
You can listen to the podcast here or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundCloud. As always, I'll order a transcript and post it below the jump when it's ready.

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