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Rodney Ellis

Harris County, Precinct One

Proud Houston native, passionate public servant.

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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...

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