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Sore losers? Sore winners?

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Edited: Nov 8, 8:36am Top

Here's a curious story this morning. A Republican judge in Texas lost his re-election bid in a Democratic sweep on Tuesday. Well, he seems to have come to work yesterday in a bit of a snit.

Harris County Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Devlin

"He was releasing everybody," said public defender Steven Halpert, who watched the string of surprising releases. "Apparently he was saying that's what the voters wanted."

Criminal justice advocates, however, were critical of the decision.

"Judge Devlin appears to be abdicating the basic responsibility of any sitting juvenile judge," said Elizabeth Henneke of the Lone Star Justice Alliance, a group that works to get young people out of the justice system and into treatment programs.

She called Devlin's post-election actions "disappointing and shocking" and something she'd never seen in a Texas juvenile court.

Promise not to kill anyone? After losing election, TX judge wholesale releases juvenile defendants

A Houston Chronicle investigation last month found that Devlin and Judge John Phillips accounted for more than one-fifth of all children sent to the state's juvenile prisons last year. The two jurists not only sent more teens to juvenile prison, but they also sent them younger and for less-serious offenses than the county's third juvenile court, where Judge Mike Schneider presides.

Edited: Nov 8, 8:47am Top

On the one hand one is happy to see the US prison population reduced - the USA locks up a greater percentage of its population than any other country in the world (724 people per 100,000).

On the other hand one would prefer that it be done via some method of parole and risk assessment rather than just as a random act.

Nov 8, 10:17am Top

Hopefully that judge will judge no more. Reminds me of a situation in New York state {I believe} I read about a year ago or so, where a juvenile judge was caught receiving kickbacks from the for profit prisons/detention centers that he was sending kids to {many easily proven innocent or for slight infractions}.

Nov 8, 10:19am Top

>3 DugsBooks: Yes, I think he just proved his unfitness for the position.

Edited: Nov 8, 11:15am Top

#3--New York State does not have any for profit prisons. The fact of the matter is been legislated into law that the state can't and every prison has to have for real NYS correctional officers.

As for a judge doing what you said--I think that probably happens a lot in states that do have for profit prisons.

Nov 9, 11:25am Top

We don’t yet know whether Rick Scott is a winner or a loser, but he sure is sore ~


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