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Sheriff Hickman Defends Changes in Jail Oversight

Sheriff Ron Hickman was recently criticized for reducing internal jail inspectors and disbanding a proactive internal affairs squad at the Harris County Jail. The Harris County Sheriff’s office has said that these changes could actually speed up investigations, and the reassignment of inspectors will put more responsibility on first-line jail supervisors. And these are just […]

Photo: Maggie Martin, Houston Public Media

Sheriff Ron Hickman was recently criticized for reducing internal jail inspectors and disbanding a proactive internal affairs squad at the Harris County Jail. The Harris County Sheriff’s office has said that these changes could actually speed up investigations, and the reassignment of inspectors will put more responsibility on first-line jail supervisors. And these are just a couple of the many changes that have been made under Sheriff Hickman's leadership.

Hickman dropped by Houston Public Media earlier this week. We hear his reasoning for the changes he’s made at the Harris County Jail.

(Photo: Maggie Martin, Houston Public Media)

MORE:
Investigative Series Looks at Conditions and Treatment Inside the Harris County Jail (Houston Matters, Dec. 15, 2015)
Jailhouse Jeopardy: Guards Often Brutalize and Neglect Inmates in Harris County Jail, Records Show (Houston Chronicle, Oct. 3, 2015)
The Op-Ed the Houston Chronicle Refused to Publish (The Tribune, Feb. 4, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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