The Region

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

Exit Eckstein: Travis County’s retiring lobbyist reflects on his battles at the Legislature

After 11 years, Deece Eckstein is calling it quits as Travis County’s top lobbyist. He recently told members of the Commissioners Court that he will retire from his position as the intergovernmental relations officer at the end of the year.Eckstein,…

Friday, November 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County leaders defend bail practices

For years, Travis County leaders have touted the county’s progressive bail policies, which allow a large percentage of the accused to get out of jail without posting a cash bond.Each person who is booked into jail on a charge is…

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners debate future of Palm School property

Four months after voting to put in place restrictions on the Palm School property that would prevent the main building from being redeveloped, members of the Travis County Commissioners Court continue to display differences of opinion about the property’s future.On…

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners approve landfill changes over TDS objections

On Tuesday the Travis County Commissioners Court opted to readopt changes to a county ordinance regulating landfills despite pushback from an influential local waste management company.Representatives of Texas Disposal Systems told commissioners that ordinance changes the commissioners approved last month…

Friday, August 30, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Travis County’s public defender office is officially funded

Travis County is in the home stretch of its yearslong effort to establish a public defender office for low-income adult defendants. On Thursday the Texas Indigent Defense Commission OK’d a four-year grant to establish the office in the county –…

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Jack Craver

Despite high arrest rate, county leaders give high marks to jail diversion program

A majority of criminal defendants who participated in a county pilot program aimed at getting people with mental illness out of jail and into treatment were rearrested within a year of their release. Yet, many involved in the criminal justice…

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