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6 Aug 2019, 9:30 am by [email protected]
District Judge David Godbey said Dallas County has to stop imposing pre-set bail bond amounts that keep poorer defendants locked up for weeks or months in jails while richer defendants can walk free. [read post]
5 Aug 2019, 2:33 pm by Gritsforbreakfast
At the time, though, there were 1,900 people sleeping on the jail floor due to overcrowding, so in a way, the issue was even more pressing back then.Which is why it's worth recognizing that it took the federal courts to accomplish these changes that every expert who ever looked at Harris County's system had been advising for more than a decade. [read post]
5 Aug 2019, 5:12 am by opadmin
Because of this, repossessions in Dallas-Fort Worth are climbing at an alarming rate. [read post]
5 Aug 2019, 5:12 am by opadmin
Because of this, repossessions in Dallas-Fort Worth are climbing at an alarming rate. [read post]
2 Aug 2019, 3:00 am by Jim Sedor
National/Federal Ex-McConnell Staffers Lobbied on Russian-Backed Kentucky Project Politico – Natasha Bertrand and Theodoric Meyer | Published: 7/31/2019 Two former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department on the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure. [read post]
9 Jul 2019, 1:24 pm by John Floyd
  Marijuana Prosecutions Halt in Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Counties   The Houston Chronicle reported on July 1, 2019 that Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg recently announced that her office plans to dismiss more than two dozen misdemeanor marijuana cases and will not be filing any more such cases. [read post]
3 Jul 2019, 6:50 am by Gritsforbreakfast
All the law did was set people up to have an arrest warrant later, at which point county taxpayers would host them in the jail for a while. [read post]
28 Jun 2019, 12:54 pm by Gritsforbreakfast
When the surcharge program first rolled out, county jails were flooded and the Legislature in 2007 reduced first-offense DWLI penalties from a Class B to a Class C misdemeanor. [read post]
25 Jun 2019, 2:05 pm by [email protected]
The “Sold Out” campaign highlighted the case of Lena, a 17-year-old girl who ran away from an abusive mother and ended up as one of the youngest inmates of Harris County Jail in Houston. [read post]
25 Jun 2019, 2:05 pm by [email protected]
The “Sold Out” campaign highlighted the case of Lena, a 17-year-old girl who ran away from an abusive mother and ended up as one of the youngest inmates of Harris County Jail in Houston. [read post]
15 Jun 2019, 7:56 am by John Floyd
At a hearing last month, the criminal justice advocacy group Texas Fair Defense Project claimed the bill at that time didn’t adequately address federal court rulings that called for individual bail hearings within two days of arrest and said Harris and Dallas counties’ bail practices kept people in jail simply because they were too poor to pay their bonds. [read post]
12 Jun 2019, 1:25 pm by Gritsforbreakfast
(Of the large cities, only Dallas and El Paso aren't under the civil service system. [read post]
10 Jun 2019, 4:37 am by Gritsforbreakfast
This legislation sailed out of committee and appeared to be doing fine until Dallas DA John Creuzot announced his own decarceration initiatives mid-session. [read post]
31 May 2019, 6:24 am by Michael Lowe
Here is the new prosecutorial policy for Dallas County, effective January 1, 2019: Early Dismissal if Signed Waiver. [read post]
14 May 2019, 8:25 am by [email protected]
The group claimed Dallas and Harris counties’ bail practices kept people locked up because they were too poor to pay their bonds. [read post]
14 May 2019, 8:25 am by [email protected]
The group claimed Dallas and Harris counties’ bail practices kept people locked up because they were too poor to pay their bonds. [read post]
10 May 2019, 9:41 am by Gritsforbreakfast
It will drive up pretrial detention rates, drastically increase jail costs for counties, and force judges to rely on monetary bond over any other alternatives. [read post]