IS IT TIME FOR MORE DIVERSITY AT THE HARRIS COUNTY GRAND JURY?

SHOULD RACE BE CONSIDERED BEHIND THESE CLOSED DOORS?

Some newly elected judges are working to get a more diverse group of grand jurors for Harris County. They’re addressing a criticism that the typical 12-person grand jury and two alternates are not representative of the community. State District Judges Shawna Reagin and Randy Roll sent an e-mail to various administrators asking for names of prospective jurors, the Houston Chronicle reported in Monday’s editions. “Hopefully, you get enough of a pool that you have a diverse, truly reflective group of people,” Reagin said. “It’s a big-time commitment, but I think the wider you cast your net the more diverse it will be.” Harris County does not collect ethnic information on grand jurors. Critics say grand juries have usually been made up of older, retired whites who have time and can afford to serve.

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