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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 […]

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Custody Deaths and Affordable Housing: Wednesday’s Show (August 24, 2016)

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 Justice Initiative, says that […]

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Sheriff Ron Hickman Will Renew the Controversial 287(g) Deportation Program

Posted on · Today (June 23, 2016), Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman will hold a press conference announcing he will renew the controversial 287(g) program. The program authorizes federal agents from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to partner with the Harris County Jail and select inmates who are in custody for other alleged crimes to undergo background checks that […]

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Supreme Court Rulings and Renewing the 287(g) Program: Thursday’s Show (June 23, 2016)

Posted on · On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in two of the three pending major cases tied to Texas. The court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama’s plan that would have shielded millions of immigrants from deportation. And, in a 4-3 decision, the court upheld the affirmative action program at the University of Texas. On this edition […]

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Hickman and Ellis Discuss Preventing Deaths in the Harris County Jail

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently reported that there have been five deaths in the last year at the Harris County Jail during Sheriff Ron Hickman’s tenure. The most recent death — due to head trauma — happened while the inmate was being processed in a holding cell. The incident has sparked an inquiry from the U.S Department of […]

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Ron Hickman and Rodney Ellis on Harris County Jail: Tuesday’s Show (June 14, 2016)

Posted on · Five inmates have died in the Harris County Jail so far in 2016. One recent death, due to head trauma, occurred as the inmate was being processed in a holding cell. The incident sparked an inquiry from the U.S. Justice Department, amid recently announced criminal justice reform efforts in Harris County aimed at keeping people out […]

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New Clinics and Services Offer Help for Mental Health Crisis — But Is It Enough?

Posted on · Recently, Memorial Hermann opened its third Mental Health Crisis Clinic in Meyerland. It’s a location that opens from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. so people in need in the middle of the night can access help. Oftentimes these people can find themselves incarcerated at the Harris County Jail when it’s really mental health services they need. Memorial […]

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Sheriff Hickman Defends Changes in Jail Oversight

Posted on · 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 […]

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Former Prostitute Works to Help Houston Women

Posted on · This Sunday the National Council of Jewish Women, in partnership with Beth Israel Synagogue, will discuss human trafficking. Among the speakers is Kathryn Griffin, a former prostitute herself, and founder of We’ve Been There, Done That, a program she designed to help prevent sex workers and drug addicts from returning to lives of crime. Griffin […]