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Harris County Requests Delay To Implement Judge’s Bail Order (UPDATE)

Posted on · Harris County has asked for an emergency hearing to discuss implementation of a federal judge's order for defendants who can't afford bail. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal issued a temporary injunction set to start next Monday for misdemeanor defendants, if there are no other legal restraints. . Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he is ready to enact them.

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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Still Assessing ‘Responsible’ Way to End 287(g)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

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Harris County Jail Issues Loom Large In Race For Sheriff

Posted on · 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 […]

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Candidate Interview: Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. Today, we welcome your questions for Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. […]

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How Did a Rape Victim End Up Jailed — And How Can It Be Prevented

Posted on ·       Last December , a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said […]

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How Did a Rape Victim End Up Jailed — and How Can Similar Instances Be Prevented?

Posted on · Last December (2015), a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not […]

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Jailed Witness and Domestic Abuse Housing: Tuesday’s Show (September 6, 2016)

Posted on · Last December, a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand. Now the woman is suing the […]

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Database Tracks Deaths Connected to Law Enforcement, Jails and Prisons

Posted on · There’s a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement — such as the use of deadly force — and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody – such as in jail or in prison. The database, called the Texas […]