Tag Archives: Travis County jail

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by Jack Craver

County leaders champion no-cash bail

Amidst an aggressive push from activists to reduce arrests and incarceration, Travis County leaders highlighted two important initiatives Tuesday as evidence that the county is a leader in progressive criminal justice policy.First, the Travis County Commissioners Court quickly approved a…

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…

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…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County agrees to take Hays County prisoners

Hays County has a prisoner problem, and it’s looking to its neighbor to the north, Travis County, for help.Hays is in the process of expanding its jail to house more inmates. In the meantime, it’s asked to send some of…

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County weighs its jail diversion strategies

A lot has happened since the Commissioners Court last saw the Travis County Justice Planning Department’s asset map of strategies for jail diversion on July 31. Fortunately, in terms of keeping people out of jail and connected to their communities,…

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County officials launch inmate tablet pilot

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office will launch a pilot program in 2018 that will put tablet computers in the hands of inmates at the county correctional complex in Del Valle.On Tuesday, deputies briefed the Commissioners Court on the progress of…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Jack Craver

African-Americans spend more time in Travis County jail for same offenses as whites

Travis County has a long way to go before its criminal justice system matches its progressive reputation, according to a report released Thursday by a local advocacy group.African-Americans booked into the county jail spend more time behind bars than whites…

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis Commissioners ponder drunk-tank proposal

The Travis County Commissioners Court took another tentative step toward establishing a sobriety center in partnership with the City of Austin at its regular voting session. Perhaps better known colloquially as a drunk tank, the proposed sobriety center would serve as…

Friday, November 14, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Judge-elect Eckhardt takes aim at jail video system

Incoming Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says one of the many items on her “to-do” list when she takes office in January is to take on the county jail’s policy of limiting almost all family visits with inmates to a…

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