What We're ReadingNews that caught our attention or cited the Texas Justice Initiative from across the Lone Star State and beyond.
Fatal police shootings are still going up, and nobody knows whyPublished on February 21, 2023
Reporters at The Washington Post, which tracks deadly shootings by law enforcement, found that 2022 saw the most incidents since they started tracking the fatalities in 2015.
FBI launches 2 investigations into Harris County Jail in-custody deathsPublished on February 14, 2023
The Houston Chronicle reports on the FBI's announcement that it "has open investigations into allegations of federal civil rights violations surrounding the deaths of Jaquaree Simmons and Jacoby Pillow in the Harris County Jail. These investigations will be fair, thorough, and impartial, and will proceed independently of any state investigations involving incidents at the jail. To preserve the integrity and capabilities of the investigations, no details of the ongoing process will be publicly shared."
Harris County Jail population, deaths swell in 2022Published on January 30, 2023
Community Impact reporter Rachel Carlton concluded that the 27 people who died in Harris County in the custody of the sheriff's office in 2022 was "the highest number since 23 deaths in 2006," according to TJI's data, which reflects reports agencies file with the state.
As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreportedPublished on December 6, 2022
Reporters at The Washington Post have found — based on their Fatal Force database — that, contrary to what the FBI's database indicates, fatal police shootings are on the rise.
Harris County Jail just recorded its most in-custody deaths in 20 yearsPublished on November 25, 2022
Kennedy Sessions reports that the 27 individuals who have died while in the custody of the Harris County Jail this year represent the largest number of deaths since 2006, citing TJI's data.