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Harris County Jail Issues Loom Large In Race For Sheriff

In the race for Harris County Sheriff, both the incumbent, Sheriff Ron Hickman, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, agree there are serious problems with the Harris County Jail. But they differ on how to address them. Much is being said about what’s wrong with the local lockup, so News 88.7’s Florian Martin decided to take […]

Sheriff Ron Hickman, left, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, face off in a debate at UH Downtown. (Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media)In the race for Harris County Sheriff, both the incumbent, Sheriff Ron Hickman, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, agree there are serious problems with the Harris County Jail. But they differ on how to address them.

Much is being said about what's wrong with the local lockup, so News 88.7’s Florian Martin decided to take a look for himself and toured 1200 Baker Street, one of the four buildings in the Harris County Jail system. And he takes us inside the issues at play in the race for sheriff.

(Above: Sheriff Ron Hickman, left, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, face off in a debate at UH Downtown. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media)

MORE:
Candidate Interview: Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman (Houston Matters, Oct. 4, 2016)
Candidate Interview: Ed Gonzalez for Harris County Sheriff (Houston Matters, Sept. 20, 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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