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As promised, Ellis making waves as county commissioner

By: Mihir Zaveri © Houston Chronicle • June 25, 2017 When former state Senator Rodney Ellis launched his campaign to succeed the late El Franco Lee as Harris County Precinct 1 commissioner last year, he said he would shake up Harris County government. He's kept his...

Harris Co. bail system unfair to poor, low-level defendants

By: Gabrielle Banks © Houston Chronicle • Apr. 28, 2017 A federal judge in Houston Friday issued a scathing denouncement of Harris County's cash bail system, saying it is fundamentally unfair to detain indigent people arrested for low-level offenses simply because...

New Harris County initiative to tackle elderly abuse, neglect

By: Mihir Zaveri © Houston Chronicle • Apr. 2, 2017 Harris County commissioners have put one of the final pieces in place for the county’s Senior Justice Assessment Center, a multi-agency initiative to address the abuse and neglect of the region’s growing elderly...

Commissioners exchange words over bail bond lawsuit

By: Mihir Zaveri and Gabrielle Banks © Houston Chronicle • Mar. 28, 2017 Tensions flared at Harris County Commissioners Court Tuesday after new Commissioner Rodney Ellis filed legal papers supporting civil rights groups in their high-profile federal lawsuit against...

Judge weighs temporary halt to money bail system

By: Gabrielle Banks © Houston Chronicle • Mar. 23, 2017 The call by two civil rights groups for an immediate fix to Harris County's bail system is now in the hands of a federal judge after high-stakes arguments over whether poor people should remain in jail on...

Harris County to place public defenders at bail hearings

By: Mihir Zaveri © Houston Chronicle • Mar. 14, 2017 Harris County commissioners on Tuesday approved a pilot program to make public defenders available at bail hearings, a step aimed at retooling a criminal justice system that has increasingly drawn criticism for...

Reaction on plan to decriminalize low-level marijuana charges

By: Brian Rogers © Houston Chronicle • Feb. 16, 2017 The Harris County district attorney's plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana drew reactions swift and strong Thursday from both sides of the debate. District Attorney Kim Ogg made the announced Thursday...

Rodney Ellis leaves Texas Senate with criminal justice legacy

By: Jonathan Silver © The Texas Tribune • Jan. 8, 2017 HOUSTON — Sixteen years ago, when then-state Sen. Rodney Ellis heard about a man who was accused of raping a University of Houston student and was later cleared of the crime through DNA testing, the lawmaker...

Meet the New Harris County Precinct One Commissioner

By: Rebecca S. Jones © African-American News & Issues Recently, State Senator Rodney Ellis with 26 years of service in the Texas senate won the Democratic nomination for Precinct 1 Commissioner. This victory is one that will afford him the opportunity to occupy...

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