QUOTEOFNOTE “NOBODYWANTS TO TURN THE JAIL INTOA KILLING FIELD.” U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE LEE ROSENTHAL CITY HIGHLIGHTS HARRIS COUNTY The oce of Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s has released a C4 Now custom mobile application, Precinct 4 announced in a Jan. 11 email, to inform residents of real- time crime and trac hazards. The app is designed to inform residents of accidents, road conditions, public safety threats and crime in accordance with Herman’s commitment to transparency, safety and security, the release stated. The app can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play store for free. JERSEYVILLAGE The city of Jersey Village opened the candidate lings for three positions on Jersey Village City Council for the city’s May 1 elections, including the mayoral seat and Places 2 and 3. Both the current Mayor Andrew Mitcham and current Place 2 Jersey Village City Council Meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 713-466-2100 www.jerseyvillagetx.com Harris County Commissioners Court Meets at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 713-698-1102 www.harriscountytx.gov MEETINGSWE COVER to le for a place on the ballot is Feb. 12. Council Places 1, 4 and 5 will be up for election in 2022. Council Member Greg Holden will not run for re-election due to term limits. Jersey Village City Council members can serve no more than three consecutive two-year terms without compensation. The deadline
With open beds dwindling, ocials look for ways to reduceHarris County jail population
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Ocials with the Harris County Sheri’s Oce are concerned that overcrowding in the jail will exacerbate the spread of COVID-19.
BY SHAWN ARRAJJ
the reduction. If the district attorney were to not agree to a reduction in bail, lawyers can request a hearing. As of late January, the sheri’s oce and district attorney’s oce agreed on 60 inmates for release. An executive order signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in March limits the release of inmates during the pan- demic by barring inmates accused or previously convicted of violent crimes from being released without bail. However, the order does not block the release of inmates on reduced bail. The inmate population at the jail surpassed 9,000 around mid-January and available beds fell below 70, said Maj. Patrick Dougherty, a certied jail manager with the sheri’s oce who spoke at the Jan. 15 hearing. By late January, the inmate population fell slightly to around 8,800, but ocials said overcrowding remained a concern. A follow-up hearing is scheduled for Feb. 5.
HARRIS COUNTY At a series of January emergency court hearing, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal called on Harris County ocials to try to reduce the inmate population at the county jail through moves centered on bail reduction hearings; the eort could also include pretrial release for some nonviolent cases and the temporary release of inmates with holds, including out-of-county holds and immigration holds. Initial eorts focused on 1,151 inmates being held on bonds of $10,000 or less, who were the primary targets for bail reduction. Rosenthal said she does not want to “convert pretrial detention into a death sentence.” If all parties were to agree on a reduced bail amount for a case, the bail reduction request would be submitted to the district court, where a judge would still be able to deny
As of Jan. 14:
9,087 inmates in jail
87% of inmates are awaiting trial
caused by COVID-19
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS 1,151 inmates • Have no holds and bonds of $10,000 or less • Could see bonds reduced 364 inmates • In jail pretrial for nonviolent oenses • Could be released on personal recognizance bonds 420 inmates • Should be in treatment centers but are being held in jail because centers were closed by pandemic • Could be released until centers reopen
SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Harris County ESDNo. 11 hiresmedical director
BY ANDY LI
aable demeanor, makes Dr. Patrick the ideal Medical Director for the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 EMS system,” Execu- tive Director Doug Hooten said in a Jan. 6 press release. During a special meeting Jan. 7 of the district’s board of commissioners, ocials also formally announced the address for the district’s future administrative oces. The oces will be located at 18334 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring.
HARRIS COUNTY Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 hired Dr. Casey Patrick on Dec. 30 to serve as its rst medical director. Patrick formerly served as the assistant medical director for the Montgomery County Hospital District and has been in the medical eld for about 20 years. “His incredible depth of clinical knowledge, passion for data and patient outcomes, combined with his
Dr. Casey Patrick has been hired as Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11’s rst medical director. (Courtesy Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11)
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