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A common suggestion is that having defendants in jail during a pandemic may actually be safer: isolated & can be quarantine. I want to share some thoughts regarding the challenge: (1)-it’s impossible to practice social distancing and heightened hygiene when 8,000 people are
detained in a close space. #COVID19 is extremely contagious and spreads through the air and from contaminated surfaces. When one person tests positive, there will be dozens more within a day or two. If even 20% of the jail population is infected, and that is a conservative
estimate, it will overwhelm the jail’s limited resources. (2)-we do not have the space or facilities to adequately quarantine people who test positive, nor do we have the medical facilities to respond to a serious case of #COVID19. Anyone who requires hospitalization, as 10% of
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Did you know that my team and I oversee one of the largest jail systems in the country? Today I make public a dashboard that shows key data from our local system. I want to continue to make data-informed decisions. Usually, federal institutions get most of the attention, but
County jails detain individuals pretrial and frequently just after conviction. Data about local criminal justice system has often been limited and not easily accessible to the public. Take a look, tell me what you think, and join the convo. You can find the link at: From homepage select Jail Info and then Jail Population Dashboard or you can select at the bottom of homepage in the carousel of rotating items. #HouNews #lesm
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Good morning, Happy Friday, and here is your City of Houston runoff election early voting report! Just over 60K votes were cast in person and by mail in Harris County through Dec. 5th. #houvotes #hounews

Among City early voters:

6% were under age 35
11% were age 35-49
26% were age 50-64
58% were age 65+

Of City early voters through 12/5:

55% were women
45% were men

(gender spread is widening)

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Welcome to your post-election look at the City of Houston electorate in Harris County, complete with Election Day data. (Come on, you know you've missed me.) Over 244,000 City votes cast in the County. #houvotes #hounews

Of the final City electorate in Harris County:

13% were under age 35
21% were age 35-49
31% were age 50-64
35% were age 65+

Among City voters:

24% were African American
13% were Latinx
55% were white
3% were Asian American
5% unknown

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Looking at some facts for my Imelda post flood report: Imelda was the 6th 10 inch + rainfall in Harris County in the last 5 years for the 24 hour period #houwx #hounews #txwx
2015: Memorial Day and Halloween 2016: Tax Day and Memorial Weekend. 2017: Harvey 2019: Imelda
Imelda and Harvey produced over 20 inches and Tax Day was within a few inches of 20
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Leticia: @airallianceHOU has their own purple air monitors for #ITCDisaster. @HarvardU also has monitors. #ITCfire is why we cannot afford rollbacks. Study by @EnvironmentTex show companies like ITC don't incur problems from air quality violations. EPA & TCEQ not protecting us
.@HighTechAztec @SierraClub: Experiencing symptoms of exposure and high levels of distress.

I care because I live here, too. My mom lives in Deer Park. Friends who are pregnant & vulnerable. Concerned about cumulative impact. Scares me

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCfire #UTCDisaster
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HPD responding to a scene at 7800 Harding where officers have been struck with gunfire following an encounter with a suspect. Officers are en route to the hospital. Please avoid the area and yield for emergency vehicles. Further updates will be provided as available. #hounews
At this time an HPD PIO is en route to the scene and a PIO is en route to Memorial Hermann Hospital Medical Center. Further updates will be provided as available. #hounew
At this time we can confirm 5 officers have been struck and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, Medical Center and Ben Taub General Hospital. Further updates will be provided as available. #hounews
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