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22 Apr 2011, 8:22 am by Gritsforbreakfast
Dallas' jail is 7th largest in the county; San Antonio's 16th; Tarrant County's 26th; and Travis County's 34th;  The incarceration rate of 242 per 100,000 gives us a national benchmark to which we may compare Texas county incarceration rates, which are updated monthly by the Commission on Jail Standards in this report (pdf), which gives the ratio in terms of inmates per 1,000, but may be adusted. [read post]
14 Feb 2011, 5:12 am by Gritsforbreakfast
Since September 2009, there have been five deaths at the jail — the same number of deaths that occurred in the same period of time at the Dallas County Jail, which houses eight times more people. [read post]
15 Jan 2016, 6:42 am by Gritsforbreakfast
Dallas County - 5 deaths Brazos, Fort Bend, Liberty, Webb, & Williamson Counties all had 3 people die in each of their jails within this past year. [read post]
31 Mar 2010, 3:55 pm by Gritsforbreakfast
Following Houston's lead, Texas' second most populous county will experiment with the veterans court model authorized by the Texas Legislature last year, reports Christy Hoppe at the Dallas News ("Dallas County creating court for veterans with combat trauma," March 31):Soldiers who survive combat only to fall into addiction and depression could face a different kind of justice in Dallas County starting next month.Specialized… [read post]
25 Oct 2017, 3:17 am by Michael Lowe
Down at the Dallas County Commissioners’ Office, their idea is to get Dallas police officers back out patrolling the streets faster by expediting the minor marijuana violation via a ticket process instead of an immediate full arrest procedure down at the county jail. [read post]
8 Feb 2021, 9:55 am
  Chron reporting reveals four locations that have taken a more modern, laissez-faire approach to criminal justice and policing: Dallas County - The news report highlights four crimes that may no longer be prosecuted by Dallas County officials. [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]
26 May 2021, 6:44 pm by Howard Bashman
“Full Fifth Circuit Hears Dispute Over Dallas Bail System; In a case challenging automatic cash bail, attorneys for indigent arrestees told the en banc appeals court that Dallas County is unconstitutionally jailing poor people without considering their ability to pay”: Sabrina Canfield of Courthouse News Service has this report on an en banc rehearing (access the oral argument audio via this link) that the U.S. [read post]
15 Jan 2018, 6:51 am by Robert Kraft
The Dallas Morning News ran an article last week about Dallas County filing suit against several manufacturers of opioids. [read post]
1 Jan 2008, 10:27 pm
In counties like Harris, Dallas and Bexar where jail overcrowding has reached crisis levels, IMO it borders on irresponsible not to use this discretion. [read post]
12 Oct 2016, 9:22 am by Michael Lowe
Far too many people sit in jail here in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the rest of North Texas because they cannot make bail. [read post]
10 Apr 2014, 7:00 am by Gritsforbreakfast
In 2010, the Bexar County Jail had 100 jail inmates waiting to be transferred to a state hospital, and the Dallas County Jail had 103; since then, the situation has only gotten worse (San Antonio Express-News, Aug. 8, 2010).The group's recommendations were to:Provide appropriate treatment for prison and jail inmates with serious mental illness Implement and promote jail diversion programs Promote the use of assisted… [read post]
29 May 2012, 3:53 am by Bob Kraft
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas County has begun a pilot program to enforce this civic responsibility. [read post]
1 Nov 2010, 4:57 am by Gritsforbreakfast
I received an interesting press release this weekend from a county judge candidate in Waco regarding alleged misreportage by the local paper, the Tribune-Herald (now paid only, no story available), regarding the financing arrangement for McLennan County's new, mostly empty, privatized jail, repeating many of the critiques of the project's ill-conceived fiscal arrangement voiced frequently on Grits, albeit in shrill campaign rhetoric:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERalph… [read post]