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Crime Harris County Judge Hildalgo to order releases at jail amid coronavirus crisis

00:10  01 april  2020
00:10  01 april  2020 Source:   chron.com

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As a full-fledged coronavirus outbreak at the Harris County jail becomes increasingly likely, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced she would be putting in an order for the release of some inmates.

Officials  have been struggling for more than a week to come up with a joint plan to release as many people from the county's third largest lockup as possible, focusing on inmates accused of nonviolent offenses.

"We are not releasing anybody with a violent history," Hidalgo said at an afternoon press conference announcing the planned order. 
 

All parties with the power to order mass releases appear to be wary of a potential backlash if people released from the jail commit new crimes. They're also treading lightly in anticipation of a possible stay of any mass release order by one of the most conservative federal appeals courts.

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Inmate releases are being driven by judges , public defenders, prosecutors and occasional orders by political leaders. Harris County , Texas, which includes Houston, has cut its jail population by at least 500. In some counties , police are issuing citations for low-level crimes instead of arresting people.

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The key players--County Judge Lina Hidalgo, state District Judge Herb Ritchie and Chief U.S. District Judge judge Lee H. Rosenthal -- have been hamstrung by restrictions  issued Sunday by Gov. Greg Abbott, who prohibited the release of anyone accused or convicted of a violent crime. A representative from Abbott's Attorney General indicated at a federal court hearing on Sunday that his office would appeal any blanket releases of inmates, including an order calling for the release of just inmates accused of nonviolent offenses.

For weeks, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez has been calling for compassionate releases of a limited set of people -- elderly and medically compromised people accused of nonviolent offenses. County Judge Lina Hidalgo has said she would extend the list to include both compassionate releases and some people accused of non-violent offenses.

Hidalgo was going to discuss a joint plan with Judge Ritchie on Tuesday, but Ritchie would need to run it by his 22 judges on the felony bench to delineate who would fit the criteria. Hidalgo also considered moving forward with an order of her own, allowing narrow group of people accused of nonviolent offenses with no violent convictions. That group would have been about 300 people according to a preliminary plan. But that plan appeared to be unraveling and shifting -- both in breadth and narrowness. At the press conference  Hidalgo said, "We know the Harris County jail is a ticking time bomb." She said public health officials said it was impossible to enforce social distancing and proper quarantines for staff and inmates. "Every person, everyone of those workers has a family they are putting at risk," she said.

At 4 p.m. Rosenthal, who presides over the civil rights cases challenging the county's bail practices, has a hearing at which she is expected to tackle yet another approach -- an order by the federal court allowing releases of people charged with certain nonviolent crimes.

Gabrielle Banks covers federal court for the Houston Chronicle. Follow her on Twitter and send her tips at gabrielle.banks@chron.com.

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