Susan Criss was interviewed by the Galveston County Daily News and quoted in the article below regarding jail overcrowding.
Galveston County Jail Crowding: Myriad factors blamed for county jail crowding
By MARISSA BARNETT The Daily News | Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:40 pm (link to article here)
Excerpt from the article:
Pricey private bonds: A local defense attorney said some of the administrative changes in the courthouse were contributing to the overcrowding, but also blames costly private bonds. "The overcrowding is a collection of things," said Susan Criss, a defense attorney and former district judge. "Everything that happens in the courthouse is connected to what's happening in this jail." "We have a lot of people in jail who can't get out because they can't make bond," she said. The vast majority of inmates at the Galveston County jail have not been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial. That's true of jails across the nation where, on average, about two thirds of a facility's population is pretrial detainees, said Trisha Trigilio, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. The ratio at Galveston County jail could be higher, officials there said. If an inmate is sentenced, most are then moved to a state jail or prison, Lt. James Stephenson said. "There's a lot of people who are sitting in that jail who are not convicted -- they're accused and may or may not be guilty -- sitting in jail for months or up to a year waiting to go to trial," Criss said.
For the full article, see "Galveston County Jail Crowding Myriad factors blamed for county jail crowding," Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:40 pm | Updated: 10:45 pm, Sat Jan 14, 2017, b