DO YOU THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO SHIP INMATES OUT?
In case you missed FOX 26 news Friday night you missed news that Harris County Jail officials are considering a radical way of dealing with jail overcrowding. Lt. John Martin tells The Insite several high ranking jail officials are headed on a tour next week. They will visit several jails to determine if Harris County could ship some of its inmates there. Currently, Martin says there are 10,000 inmates in the jail with 700 of them sleeping on bunks on the floor. He says this latest effort is another way of dealing with the growing jail population. You’ll remember it was just last April when the jail passed a state inspection but Martin says they’re quickly approaching a cap of inmates sleeping on bunks. The limit was set at 1100 by the state and now the actual number of floored inmates is at 700. Martin says they’re not just considering out of the county for jail space but out of state. However, one local attorney says that would be difficult on lawyers who have to counsel their clients before trials but sheriff’s officials say only those whose cases have been adjudicated will be moved. Also families say if their family member who’s in jail is shipped out of state it’d be very difficult to visit them. Lt. Martin says that’s not the jails concern. He says their focus is relieving the overcrowding at the county jail…Keep tuned to FOX 26 and The Insite for more details. The question today is do you think inmates should be shipped to other facilities to relieve overcrowding and why?
THE 50 MILLION POUND CHALLENGE IS TODAY!
Dr. Ian Smith, physician, journalist and well-known author of The Fat Smash Diet is teaming up with State Farm Insurance Company to issue a 50 million pound weight loss challenge to African Americans. To help reach this ambitious goal, participants across the country will get information and tools to take off the pounds, receive and give encouragement, as well as track progress.
Ian Smith’s 50 Million Pound Challenge sponsored by State Farm will be arriving in Houston, TX at the HERMANN SQUARE on Saturday, June 30th, 2007 from 12pm – 4pm…
Some of the celebrities expected to be in Houston for the event: Omarion, Kelly Rowland, Kelly Price and J. Anthony Brown!
EXPECT RELIANT ARENA TO BE PACKED!
7000 youth and young adults between the ages of 15-30 who all were tested for HIV here in Houston, received free tickets for today’s historic HIP HOP 4 HIV concert at Reliant Arena featuring international hip hop artists Lil’ Wayne, Baby, UGK, David Banner and Houston’s own former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland.
In what many are calling the largest single HIV testing event in U.S. history, the “Know Your Status” testing project is the brainchild of freshman Texas State Representative (District 146) Borris L. Miles, whose mostly southeast Houston district leads the state in new HIV infections, mostly among young African-American women.
Calling the staggering infection statistics, “a modern day urban epidemic”, Miles said, “we felt that we had to do something drastic, creative and appealing to these young people whose very lives lie in the balance everyday with the growing scourge of Houston’s HIV epidemic. I just could not sit by and not do something to help stop this killer taking over our community.”
Working in conjunction with popular radio station 97.9 “The Box” KBXX and the TexStars Foundation, two of the event’s primary sponsors along with many Houston area healthcare agencies, Miles’ HIP HOP 4 HIV “Know Your Status” Concert has already garnered national attention for the unprecedented numbers of young people who were tested in such a short period of time.
IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE PICTURE ON THE WEBSITE?
Hello Mr. Carey:
It appears that Mr.Bettencourt has not heard that Robert Eckels vacated the office of County Judge many weeks ago. Look at the homepage of the tax office web site–it has a picture that has been there almost as long as I can remember, showing Bettencourt and Eckels together. If you mouse over the picture there is a caption as well, naming Bettencourt and “County Judge Robert Eckels…”
Is this just laziness on the part of Bettencourt that this reference to Eckels still exists, or is it possibly because Bettencourt is playing sour grapes because he did not get the position of county judge? In any event could you please have someone inform his office that Robert Eckels is no longer County judge?
THIS IS HIS OTHER CAR!
I was pulling out of the FOX 26 parking lot when something zipped past me at nearly 100 mph. After a double take I realized it was the FOX 26 MY TECH GUY aka Doug Delony. For some reason I’ve never really noticed his Porsche until that chance encounter this week. So after a brief word he agreed to show Insite readers how he gets around town in the Porsche Boxster. Doug also has a second car he drives to work but I can’t seem to remember the type at this moment. Doug, thanks for showing us how you get around town!
WHAT’S YOUR FEELINGS ON THIS CASE – SHOULD SHE WALK OR GO TO PRISON?
A mistrial has been declared in the trial of teen accused in a fatal stabbing during a gang fight more than a year ago, FOX 26 News reported Friday.
Harris County 177th District Court Judge Devon Anderson announced there was a hung jury in the murder case of Ashley Benton shortly before 3:45 p.m.
The mistrial announcement came after the jury sent a note to the judge at about 3 p.m. saying they were not able to agree on a verdict.
Anderson then sent a note back to the jury/ The message contained in that note was not released.
A retrial has been scheduled to begin July 13.
Jurors continued deliberating the case Friday at 8:30 a.m. after spending more than 10 hours at it on Thursday. They were sequestered overnight.
IT’S AS EASY AS SWITCHING THE PRICE TAG!
While Wal-Mart is known for dropping its prices, one West Monroe man took the ad campaign seriously when he dropped the price of a plasma television from $984 to $4.88. Police arrested Chandon L. Simms, 23, on Tuesday at the retail store on a charge of felony theft.
According to police reports, Simms carried a 42-inch Sanyo Plasma TV to a self-checkout aisle after switching the original price tag of $984 with one for only $4.88. Wal-Mart Loss Prevention officers witnessed the alleged transaction and called police.
When the store officers stopped Simms on his way out the door, he produced a receipt for a television purchased at the West Monroe Wal-Mart, authorities said.
Simms told officers that he purchased a TV from the West Monroe store and planned to returrn that one and keep the one he purchased for only $4.88 from the Monroe store. He was then arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.
DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO ALLOW EDUCATION IN JAILS AND PRISONS?
On July 4, 2004, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Inmate Education Program achieved national accreditation through the Correctional Education Association (CEA). With that accreditation, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office became the first county jail in the nation to have an accredited inmate education program. Today, the Harris County Jail remains one of only a few county jails in the nation to have an accredited inmate education program. Accreditation through the CEA provides evidence of voluntary compliance with nationally accepted standards for the administration and operation of inmate education programs.
Today, Sheriff Tommy Thomas announced that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Inmate Education Program has completed an intensive reaccreditation process and has successfully achieved reaccreditation through CEA. Representatives of CEA visited the Sheriff’s Office on June 6, 2007, to review the relevant documentation and to ensure that the Inmate Education Program continues to comply with CEA standards. The Inmate Education Program passed the reaccreditation process “with flying colors.” The new accreditation period will begin July 1, 2007, and will continue through June 30, 2010.
The Inmate Education Program is a cooperative effort between the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Houston Community College System, and the Houston Independent School District. The program is seen as a means of achieving positive behavioral change within a conservative philosophical framework. The core belief underpinning the Sheriff’s Office policy on inmate education is that qualified inmates need to have opportunities to develop the necessary professional and life skills to re-enter the “free world” as productive citizens. Sheriff Thomas remains committed to excellence in the delivery of law enforcement services, and the Inmate Education Program of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office contributes towards the realization of that ideal.
NOWAK’S ATTORNEY: IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE FABRICATION!
An attorney for a former astronaut wanted to set the record straight Friday: Lisa Nowak didn’t wear diapers during the 950-mile road trip to confront a romantic rival.
“The biggest lie in this preposterous tale that has been told is that my client drove from Houston, Texas, to Orlando, Florida, nonstop, wearing a diaper,” Donald Lykkebak said after filing motions to suppress evidence in Nowak’s criminal case. “That is an absolute fabrication.”
The tidbit that Nowak wore diapers during her trip was written in the police report filed after Nowak’s arrest in February. The diaper detail became fodder for late-night TV comics and talk radio and even inspired an episode of the NBC show “Law & Order.”
There were toddler-size diapers in her car when she was arrested, but they were several years old, Lykkebak said. Nowak and her family had used them when Houston was evacuated in 2005 during Hurricane Rita, he said.
Lykkebak didn’t say why he waited until now to dispute the police report.
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT!
Texas Southern University communications and media relations specialist Rochelle Rucker is leaving the school this Friday after 3 years in the trenches. The Houston Association of Black Journalist member says she is focusing on her private public relations firm – Calcomm. Rucker started the business back in 2001 and says the demands becam to great so she had to give up the TSU position. If you’re looking for a public relations firm to handle your needs make sure you contact Rucker and Calcomm!
THE INSITE MUSIC OF THE WEEK!
Okay, I’ll admit I have been obsessed with one DVD all week. That DVD is the 1996 release of The Doobie Brothers Rockin‘ Down The Highway release. It’s a cool DVD that includes every major Doobie Brothers hit including an appearance by Michael McDonald in the concert that travels across the country. It has all of your favorites from Listen to the Music to Minute By Minute and the classic Takin It To The Streets and you can’t forget the timeless What A Fool Believes. I would recommend that all of The Insite readers go out and buy it. I have played it about 20 times since it arrived this week. Buy it and come back here and let me know what you think about the Doobie Brothers DVD!