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January 2018 Archives

Study looks at the effect of pretrial detention on criminal cases

Texas residents may be aware that the United States has a high level of incarceration. However, they may not know that more than 20 percent of those behind bars have not been found guilty of committing a crime. While some of these prisoners are incarcerated while they await trial because they pose a threat to the community at large or are considered a flight risk, the overwhelming majority of them are in prison or jail simply because they could not afford to post bail.

Life sentence for woman in drug case

A 46-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison on drug-related charges on Jan. 18. The woman pleaded guilty to several offenses including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The plea agreement included an agreement from federal and local law enforcement in other jurisdictions to not pursue drug charges from 2016 and 2017. The woman has already spent time in prison in Texas and Louisiana on drug-related charges in 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012.

Man facing drug charges after police find promethazine

On Jan. 4, it was reported that a Texas man was taken into custody in November 2017 after authorities found more than 30 bottles of promethazine and other drugs in his vehicle. The man, age 25, was originally pulled over after authorities observed him driving in an erratic manner on Lille Road in Arlington.

Crime rates likely went down in 2017

Texas residents may be interested to hear that the murder rate in Houston was estimated to be down by 20.5 percent in 2017. This is part of a downward trend for both crime overall and violent crimes in particular. Violent crimes are forecast to drop by .6 percent according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The overall crime rate is expected to drop by 1.7 percent in 2017.