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Michael Barajas
staff writer covering civil rights , barajas@texasobserver.org
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Gabrielle Banks Jan 17
HUGE BREAKING NEWS (scoop): Harris County judges to unveil drastic new plan for releasing defendants on no-cash bail via
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Michael Barajas Jan 16
ummm ok but : what about this whistleblower who says she was removed from her job bc she refused to falsify sexual assault clearance-rate numbers? plus, hadn't you earlier claimed your own staff audited these cases and found nothing wrong?
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Keri Blakinger Jan 16
Update: She was in jail because she couldn't make $3,000 bond.
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Michael Barajas Jan 16
Trump's wall is headed for a 100-acre butterfly sanctuary in Texas. CBP officials are just now providing basic information to the refuge's leaders
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Michael Barajas Jan 16
. on the changing dynamics of Texas' highest criminal court, which just lost an outspoken critic of the crim justice system
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Lauren McGaughy Jan 15
Replying to @TDCJ
Both Texas House and Senate budgets have axed a section that requires prisons to provide inmates with "useful information" about wrongful conviction, civil rights and hepatitis.
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Michael Barajas Jan 15
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
Crim justice reformers in Dallas are worried the judges could effectively prevent the county from following the court order. FWIW this isn’t the first time TX judges have been accused of sabotaging court-ordered bail reforms
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Michael Barajas Jan 15
Replying to @JudgeClayJ
Several sources have reached out over the past week calling the situation a shitshow. At today's meeting even asked for the public's help pressuring the judges to comply w/ the fed bail ruling. Curious to see what happens after tomorrow’s deadline comes and goes
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Michael Barajas Jan 15
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
Commissioners argued that using a pub defender is both cheaper and better for defendants. At today’s meeting they seemed suuuper frustrated the judges won’t approve that or explain why they’d rather appoint private attnys Some bg on Dallas bail hearings
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Michael Barajas Jan 15
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
At issue is who will represent defendants at bail hearings, a key reform mandated by a fed court ruling last yr. Judges could just appoint a public defender to handle those hearings, yet so far they've refused to do so.. Some bg on last yr’s court ruling
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Michael Barajas Jan 15
Wow sooo..Dallas Co still hasn’t finalized its plan to comply with court-ordered bail reforms despite a 1/16 deadline. In their meeting today, commissioners largely blamed foot-dragging by local judges, who are also defendants in the bail case
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Michael Barajas Jan 14
As soon as February, the border wall is headed for a state park, a butterfly refuge and the land of a Hispanic family who’s called the Rio Grande Valley home since before it was the United States
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Lauren McGaughy Jan 13
Dallas Rep. confirms that Children of the Confederacy plaque has been taken down. Johnson has been asking for it to come down for years.
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Justin Miller Jan 12
Big line waiting to get into ’s 2020 announcement in San Antonio
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Michael Barajas Jan 11
today tx lawmakers voted to purge the state capitol of a plaque installed during the civil rights era that declares slavery had nothing to do with the civil war...not that they made a big deal of it or anything
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Brooke Lewis Jan 11
Take a moment to read my deep-dive into the convict-leasing system in Texas & the horrors the prisoners faced. At Imperial Farm in Sugar Land, prisoners were sometimes given food that was raw & moldy. “I wouldn’t feed a dog like it," said a prisoner.
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Keri Blakinger Jan 11
"In other words, PREA—the Prison Rape Elimination Act—does not exist in here, and never will." via
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Justin Miller Jan 11
A reminder that , a sitting Texas state senator (representing nearly a million people) doubled down in defense of Ray Myers after we reported on his comments.
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Michael Barajas Jan 11
Replying to @only_a_bill
that is correct
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Michael Barajas Jan 11
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
“The reality is that plaque never should have gone up in the state Capitol in the first place, and it shouldn’t have taken 60 years to take it down."
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