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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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Candidate Interview With Sheriff Ron Hickman: Tuesday’s Show (October 4, 2016)

Posted on · The November election is just over a month away, and early voting starts in less than a month. In these final weeks, we’ve been devoting time to two key races in Harris County, for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On today’s edition of […]

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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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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 […]