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VitalVoices / VitalAlumni - Bail Reform

The Center for Public Service and Community Research will present a panel discussion on Harris County’s historic Bail Reform lawsuit. Panelists include the honorable Sheriff Ed Gonzales, Virginia Ryan, a Jail Population Management Specialist, Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, Director of Policy, Office of  Commissioner Rodney Ellis of HC Precinct 1, and our own Criminal Justice professor, Dr. Kevin Buckler.

Panelists will discuss the Bail Reform settlement approved in November 2019 by federal judge, Lee H. Rosenthal. The federal lawsuit resulted in the overhaul of the Harris County’s cash bail system as it relates to misdemeanor offenders. The class action lawsuit filed in 2016 on behalf of indigent defendants asserted that bail cash bail practices in Harris County violated basic constitutional freedoms.

But, where do we go from here? How will bail reform be implemented? What about the concerns of some that victim rights will be unprotected, and that our streets will become less safe? Our panel will discuss these and other topics related to bail reform. Audience participation is welcome.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Event Room C100, C-100
1002 Commerce St., Suite C100 Houston, TX 77002

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff

Alumni Relations, College of Public Service, Student Activities
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