Criminal Justice

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The Bexar County Jail is preparing to change its inmate visiting system from face-to-face visitation to electronic encounters.

The county is investing about $4 million in the system that officials say will improve security, cut down on overtime hours for guards, and help family members visit their loved ones more often.

At the Bexar County Jail on Comal Street, hundreds of inmates have to be shuffled from housing units to special visitation areas where just 18 of them at a time can sit in a face-to-face meeting with their visitor.

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The now famous case of Michael Morton looms over Texas law, law enforcement, and legal procedure. 

Convicted of murdering his wife, Morton was sentenced to life in prison in 1987, but would later be completely exonerated fro the crime. It is a cautionary reminder of what happens when overzealous law officials and prosecutors decide the facts of a crime rather than investigate it. 

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The troubling decline of jury trials affects both state and federal court rooms. Forced arbitration, tort reform, and sky rocketing court costs are changing how we administer law, but what affect does it have on this Constitutional mandate?

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The Office of Violent Sex Offender Management is a mess says its new director. From a woeful work environment to a lack of basic managerial oversight, critics are lambasting the program.  The program is tasked with overseeing the civil commitments of the worst sex offenders who have served their time but remain a risk.

San Antonio Current

The Bexar County public defender's office has been accused of having no leadership or management by a current appellate public defender.

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