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Sheriff slashes number of internal jail inspectors

An incarcerated female inmate lies covered in a blanket

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman has cut the number of internal jail inspectors in half and disbanded a "proactive" team of internal affairs investigators, a move civil rights advocates, defense attorneys and Hickman's political opponents criticized as a "step backward" that could cause more problems in an already troubled department.

Our Executive Director at TJP said in the article, "It sounds like the in-depth, complex kind of investigations of police misconduct won't get done, and that's extremely bad for all us," said Claitor. "That's the only way of digging deep.''

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman has cut the number of internal jail inspectors in half and disbanded a "proactive" team of internal affairs investigators, a move civil rights advocates, defense attorneys and Hickman's political opponents criticized as a "step backward" that could cause more problems in an already troubled department.

Sheriff officials defend the changes, saying they could speed internal investigations while placing more responsibility on first line jail supervisors.

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Pinkerton, J. and Hassan, A. 01/24/2016 Sheriff slashes number of internal jail inspectorsHouston Chronicle.

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