Tag Archives: Travis County Sheriff

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Stephanie Federico

After court ruling, Travis County will comply with all ICE detention requests

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office will honor all federal immigration detainer requests following a federal court ruling that held parts of Texas’ “sanctuary cities” law can go into effect.A three-judge panel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled…

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, April 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Sanctuary cities debate revolves around ICE detainers. But what are they?

Members of the Texas House of Representatives today will consider Senate Bill 4, popularly coined the “sanctuary cities” bill. The practices of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office have been heralded as a reason to pass this bill – one that…

Friday, January 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New sheriff defiantly reverses course on ICE cooperation

Travis County’s brand new Sheriff Sally Hernandez has thrown down the gauntlet at the feet of President Donald Trump.Late Friday afternoon, Hernandez officially announced, effective Feb. 1, the end of her office’s cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities…

Monday, December 5, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County Sheriff-elect Sally Hernandez

Incoming Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to chat about her goals for the office, including those that cover its immigration policy. Show is embedded below.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Sheriff’s Office works to recruit more women

This month, voters elected the second woman in history to serve as Travis County sheriff. Now, the department is working to recruit more female deputies and corrections officers to its ranks.Tracy Westbrook never saw herself working as a police officer.…

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Is Austin a sanctuary city? Good question.

Attempts to eliminate so-called sanctuary cities has begun anew with another Texas legislative session and new national leadership that has singled out these municipalities. And while Austin is often labeled a sanctuary city, it’s not clear that the city indeed…

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court sides with defense attorneys in courthouse screening case

The Travis County Commissioners Court has come to the aid of defense attorneys in their battle to ward off tighter security measures at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center. On Tuesday, the court voted to ask the Travis County Sheriff’s Office…

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Hernandez narrowly avoids runoff to become new sheriff nominee in town

Constable Sally Hernandez did the unexpected on election night by winning a clear majority of the vote for the Democratic nomination for Travis County sheriff in a crowded field of four candidates.At her packed campaign headquarters inside a downtown Austin…

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Likely winners emerge in local early voting

Gina Hinojosa, a member and former president of the Austin Independent School District board, took a commanding lead in the race to replace House District 49 State Rep. Elliott Naishtat as the early vote was counted tonight. Hinojosa had 55.4…

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: TravCo Sheriff’s candidates John Sisson and Todd Radford

Mike Kanin sits down with Travis County Sheriff’s candidate John Sisson; Caleb Pritchard sits down with Travis County Sheriff’s candidate Todd Redford. Show is embedded below. It is sponsored by Austin Water.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Candidates for sheriff cite experience, vision in Democratic primary

Late Tuesday, just hours after early voting had begun across Texas, close to a hundred criminal defense attorneys slowly tromped into a large banquet room in downtown Austin. Among rows of desks and musty chairs, they found conversation partners, sat…

Monday, February 15, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: TravCo Sheriff candidate Don Rios

Travis County Sheriff candidate Don Rios sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard. Austin Monitor Radio is sponsored by Austin Water. Post is embedded below:

Monday, February 8, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: TravCo Sheriff’s candidate Sally Hernandez

Candidate for Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about her candidacy. Show is embedded below. Austin Monitor Radio is sponsored by Austin Water.

Monday, January 18, 2016 by Austin Monitor

January campaign finance filings are here

It’s January, and that means that local elections are starting to heat up. Jan. 15 campaign finance reports are in, offering insight into spring elections and crumbs for speculation about fall elections.For candidates seeking office in Travis County this year,…

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Filing deadline reveals twist in sheriff’s race

Monday’s filing deadline for the Republican and Democratic primary elections in Texas has come and gone, and one name in particular is strikingly absent from the field seeking to replace Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton: Sheriff Hamilton himself.The incumbent made…

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County nixes revenue to save inmates money

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday to forgo a six-figure revenue stream in the name of letting jail inmates and their families save money on telecommunications services.The commissioners voted 3-1 to modify a contract with Securus Technologies Inc.,…

Friday, October 9, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council urges restraint in reporting immigrants to ICE

City Council is putting pressure on the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to stop reporting undocumented immigrants who are processed at the county jail to immigration authorities.While the body voted Thursday to approve a one-year, $6.58 million interlocal agreement with the…

Monday, September 28, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Reporter’s Notebook: Staying confused

Staying confused… Followers of the City Council Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee likely recall its Aug. 27 meeting, in which members opted to vote on a contentious solar energy item without taking input from the many members of the public…

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Radford formally launches campaign

Beneath the sweltering September sun outside of his East Austin campaign headquarters, Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford officially launched his campaign for Travis County sheriff on Monday morning.“I want to be the next sheriff because I think that everyone deserves…

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