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PD Hyatt

ACLU.... Anti Christian League Union.... Yep, that about tells a person all that they need to know about that group.... They have done nothing but get anti moral edicts passed through legislative Judges who are not supposed to legislate from the bench, but the progressive liberal Judges seem to love to add that almost every time they rule.... You might love that group but many detest what they stand for just like we detest our tax dollars going to that group.... Of course I do realize that progressives hate the way our nation was designed and built and are doing their best to destroy it.... Case in point just look at the way that they love to sacrifice innocents upon the altar of what they call convenience, and strive to release the guilty because the don't believe in killing people.... Something is out of balance with progressives....

Jim Forsythe

 If we look at the cost of electronic monitoring it make sense .Housing  Pretrial Defendants cost $56 a day. 

 GPS monitoring is a more economical way to supervise lower risk offenders and ensure public safety. The monitoring costs the county about $6 daily per offender; jail in Galveston County is $56 a day.
House arrest only costs about $6,000 per year. . 
Judges can order GPS monitoring for defendants who are released on bond or serving a sentence, or as a sanction for treatment court participants. Also enforced on monitoring are strict restrictions, including house arrest, a curfew or exclusion zones
About the size of a smartphone, the GPS units are bulky and cumbersome strapped to the ankle. They communicate with satellites and cellphone towers to track offender movement, accurate within seven feet.

"A system downloads tracking data every six hours and prepares violation reports for three Justice Support Services specialists overseeing people on GPS monitoring. They’ll know, for instance, whether an offender on house arrest steps outside.
“This is house arrest. Not garage arrest. Not yard arrest,” .
Caseworkers respond to minor violations — when offenders fail to charge units or are out of range for short periods, for example — with warnings, decreased incentives and other sanctions.
Judges, prosecutors and the defendant’s attorney are notified of serious infractions, such as when offenders enter exclusion zones or are out of range for more than eight hours."

Galveston County Jail Population: 1,051 with 722 (69%) waiting trial. 
 Statewide Average Cost to County Taxpayers to Incarcerate One Individual in County Jail, Per Day (Pretrial or Post-Conviction): $59.00    `


Gary Miller

After 30 years of lying HRC has not yet been charged with anything. One changed word in FBI testimony put Scooter Libby in jail. General Flin lied to the FBI and is charged with pergery. Over 100 felonies, 7 obstruction of justice charges and at least 10 RICO counts have been reported on HRC. When will EQUAL justice for the poor and rich be restored?

Jim Forsythe

Gary , what's your opinion of Galveston county’s legal system.

"Donald Trump promised at the presidential debate Sunday night that, if elected, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server."
If he wants, he can press for charges against HRC. Also the Russian investigation will  look at HRC.

Tweeter, maybe the down fall of the President. 
And Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyer during former President George W. Bush’s administration, said that Trump “could be Tweeting himself into an obstruction of justice conviction.”

Flynn said he did it.
Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI about the nature of his conversations with then-Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. Those conversations led Russian officials to temper their response to increased U.S. sanctions, according to the charging documents.
The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, but according to court documents, Flynn likely faces a sentence of zero to six months.

Libby, was convicted of four counts .
"In October 2005, Libby resigned from all three government positions after he was indicted on five counts by a federal grand jury concerning the investigation of the leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson. He was subsequently convicted of four counts (one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements), making him the highest-ranking White House official convicted in a government scandal since John Poindexter, the national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan in the Iran–Contra affair"

PD Hyatt

I noticed that none of the progressive leftists make mention of the FBI agent who was lead in this investigation was just fired for his biased tweet against Pres. Trump.... That should have put ALL of this investigation into question as he probably tainted ALL of the so called evidence that you all have been trying desperately to tag him with, because all of the progressives hate the fact that America rejected the Hildabeast. BTW, Jim I do wonder why none of you have brought up Lynch and Bill Clinton about their meeting on the tarmac that was about the Hildabeast, or about Lerner who stuck it to conservative groups.... Oh there is so much more that we could bring up, but I think you get the drift.... The left only believes that conservatives sin and that when you all do all that you all do is wink and nod and the ones who break the law.... Oh well what can one expect from the ones who hate this nation and what it was built upon....

Emile Pope

Bless his heart...

PD Hyatt

I was wondering the same thing about the Hildabeast, Lynch, Holder, Lerner and many others as it seems if you are on the side of the progressives you can do all kinds of evil and get away with it.... Just look at Bill Clinton, before during and after he was in office and let us not forget the Clinton Foundation, white water and many other things that they have skated past....

Emile Pope

Garbage. And Libby didn't spend a day in jail. Just before he was to report to prison Bush, the guy he was covering for, erased his prison time. Please get your facts straight...

Dwight Burns

It's sad how some who post here continue to ignore proven facts.

James Reeves

Justice IS for the victim.

PD Hyatt

that depends upon where you live.... In San Francisco that isn't the case....

Michael Gaertner

Thank you Jim Forsythe! I wish you'd taken the math on out to its conclusion. $50 per day times 722 people awaiting trial is over $36,000 per day! over $13 million per year. Even if only half the folks awaiting trial were fit to be released on house arrest, you would still be talking about $6 million per year.

Jim Forsythe

Michael , overcrowding of our jail, is getting to the point we will be forced to address it. To be fair , most reports about our jail have said that about 150 could be released on a  release program with restrictions, such as a monitor system.  
The  $56 cost is really a state average. In the story from the GDN they said it is closer to $70 a day in Galveston.
If we do not reduce the numbers, we will have to address overcrowding. It shows we have 1165 inmates today.

The Daily News .
Oct 15, 2016 
Inmates nearly filled the 1,187-bed facility last week, prompting corrections officers to seek space at neighboring county jails.
The jail opened a decade ago as part of a nearly $100 million project, including the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Galveston Police Department and Justice Center, which houses the county’s courts. The county built the jail to hold about 1,200 inmates.
Architects designed the building to potentially double in size to a capacity of 2,400, however
Jail construction is expensive. Construction companies would likely charge at least $400 a square foot.

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