Once you're charged with murder on A&E's The First 48, you're guilty for life - even if you're innocent.
When Houston photographer, Houston Chronicle blogger, and KPFT tech-talk show co-host Jay Lee found out last month that one of his copyrighted pics of Houston's skyline had been used without permission on multiple websites, he sent the web hosts a Digital Millenium Copyright Act notice informing the ... More >>
Problem may be solvedTwo years ago we wrote about how Harris County incarcerates juveniles who have been certified as adults for trial while they are waiting their day in court. It wasn't pretty -- they were kept in the county jail, but left in isolation for 23 hours a day. Legislators, par ... More >>
Ankle monitors may take the place of jail time for some in Harris CountyThe Harris County Sheriff's Office is seeking to take a first "baby step" towards using ankle monitors and home confinement to fight jail overcrowding, a spokesman says. HCSO is asking Commissioners Court for permission ... More >>
Harris County Jail's having a population boomIn an era when locking fewer people up and spending less on jails seems to make sense and is rapidly becoming en vogue, Harris County was increasing its spending and putting more folks behind bars than nearly any other populous county in the country, a ... More >>
METRO execs won't be commuting after all.
Caucasian Law Enforcement Association: Joe Strummer knew how you feelBuried beneath the onslaught of Commissioners Court activity yesterday was a vote that gives legitimacy to a group calling itself the Caucasian Law Enforcement Assocation.Without discussion, commissioners approved a request that ... More >>
A couple of TV stations -- including Channel 39, above -- had stories last night on a Quanell X press conference in front of the jail, criticizing the Harris County Sheriff's Office for releasing a former inmate with mental problems without informing relatives.The former inmate, Clifton Barber, was ... More >>
Photo by Chris CurryAdrian Garcia -- Not so open?John Denholm, a former Harris County sheriff's deputy turned lawyer, knows how to push buttons.And he's done it again, filing a lawsuit that hits right at Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's point of pride -- an open and transparent administratio ... More >>
Yesterday we told you how Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia was trumpeting a reduction in the backlog of citizen complaints against deputies.The Sheriff's Office said 255 cases had been closed in 2009, three times the number closed in the previous year.The HCSO didn't have any information on ho ... More >>
Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office is announcing that the their man has "shatter[ed]" the backlog of internal-affairs complaints at the department, thus providing "more boots on the ground" to fight evildoers.Soon after taking office last year, Garcia reorganized and combined the two offices that han ... More >>
Readers disagree with Robb Walsh's review of Killen's
As we told you last month, 29-year-veteran Houston Chronicle reporter Alan Bernstein started off his new gig as communications director for Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia by promising openness and transparency, a policy that did not quite include divulging his new salary."That will be a m ... More >>
Plus: Our very own Will Hunting
Alan Bernstein, the longtime political reporter for the Houston Chronicle, is quitting the paper to join the staff of Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.Bernstein ends his 29 years at the Chron Friday and starts with Garcia at the end of the month."I got an unsolicited job offer and I investigated ... More >>
Here’s the official memo from editor Jeff Cohen on how the Houston Chronicle will be even bigger and better now that it’s gotten rid of all those pesky reporters and editors: