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Nov 7 - After losing re-election Texas judge releases almost all his juvenile prisoners


 
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 5 months ago '11        #1
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Nov 7 - After losing re-election Texas judge releases almost all his juvenile prisoners
 

 
After losing his bench in a Democratic sweep, Harris County Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Devlin released nearly all of the youthful defendants that appeared in front him on Wednesday morning, simply asking the kids whether they planned to k*ll anyone before letting them go.

"He was releasing everybody," said public defender Steven Halpert, who watched the string of surprising releases. "Apparently he was saying that's what the voters wanted."

In court, prosecutors voiced their concerns about the seemingly indiscriminate release of those accused of everything from low-level misdemeanors to violent crimes.

"We oppose the wholesale release of violent offenders at any age," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement later. "This could endanger the public."

In total, at least seven kids were released, prosecutors said, including four facing aggravated robbery charges.

When reached by phone Wednesday, Devlin declined to comment.

The longtime Republican jurist — whose seat was among 59 swept by Democrats in Tuesday's election — is one of two juvenile court judges in Harris County whose track records favoring incarceration contributed heavily to doubling the number of kids Harris County sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in recent years, even as those figures fell in the rest of the state.

A Houston Chronicle investigation last month found that Devlin and Judge John Phillips accounted for more than one-fifth of all children sent to the state's juvenile prisons last year. The two jurists not only sent more teens to juvenile prison, but they also sent them younger and for less-serious offenses than the county's third juvenile court, where Judge Mike Schneider presides.

But despite the differences in their courtroom practices, all three of the juvenile court judges — all Republicans — lost their benches to Democrats in Tuesday's election by at least 10-point spreads.

With the dust still settling from a massive shake-up in the local judiciary, Devlin showed up for Wednesday's detention hearing docket apparently ready to surprise.

By law, youths who are waiting in local lock-ups before their cases are resolved are entitled to detention hearings every 10 working days to decide whether they need to stay behind bars or can safely be released under supervision.

It's not abnormal for Devlin to release juveniles facing serious charges, as long as they've behaved in detention and have adequate supervision in place on the outside, according to Halpert.

"He's not one of those that never releases a kid charged with an aggravated robbery," he said. "But nobody has seen this before."

Some of the children didn't have parents present in court Wednesday. Of the juveniles who appeared before the judge, Halpert said he only saw one detained.

All of the cases, he said, were reset to Jan. 4, the first Friday after Devlin's replacement takes the bench.

That replacement, newly elected jurist-to-be Natalia Oakes, did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the State Commission on Judicial Conduct declined to clarify whether Devlin's actions would constitute any violation of judicial canons.

Criminal justice advocates, however, were critical of the decision.

"Judge Devlin appears to be abdicating the basic responsibility of any sitting juvenile judge," said Elizabeth Henneke of the Lone Star Justice Alliance, a group that works to get young people out of the justice system and into treatment programs.

She called Devlin's post-election actions "disappointing and shocking" and something she'd never seen in a Texas juvenile court.

To Alex Bunin, the county's chief public defender, the sudden leniency was simply baffling.

"I'm not sure that I can wrap my arms around what he's actually doing," he said. "It's a huge change and the only thing that has happened is that he was not elected so I don't know what to attribute it to other than that."

To Jay Jenkins, a policy attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, the post-election spate of releases reinforces the decision the local electorate made Tuesday.

"The voters of Harris County clearly wanted a change in the juvenile courts and Judge Devlin today is showing us why the voters may have wanted change," he said. "We're hoping now the juvenile courts can be a much fairer and more equitable place."

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58 comments for "Nov 7 - After losing re-election Texas judge releases almost all his juvenile prisoners"

 5 months ago '06        #2
datVAkid 44 heat pts44
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Since he acting like a bi*ch, I can say the correct decision was made
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 5 months ago '15        #3
RuggedDrifter 6 heat pts
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Taking the L hard.
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 5 months ago '15        #4
40 acres 34 heat pts34
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This exactly what I voted for. To get rid of those hoe a*s judges.
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 5 months ago '07        #5
killacar 6 heat pts
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7 people
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 5 months ago '17        #6
Zazi3 The Beast 143 heat pts143
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Since he didn’t release Tay K I don’t care lol
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 5 months ago '06        #7
datVAkid 44 heat pts44
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 Zazi3 The Beast said
Since he didn’t release Tay K I don’t care lol
Why do you want him to be released.
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 5 months ago '11        #8
slimfrom85th 42 heat pts42
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This is the equivalent of a n*gga taking a L and saying give me my ball I'm goin home
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 5 months ago '12        #9
OldBusiness 178 heat pts178
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Baby back bi*ch.
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 5 months ago '17        #10
Its 
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Be released 7 kids, ����*♂️
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 5 months ago '10        #11
marx1684 1 heat pts
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Our system isn't protected from petty.
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 5 months ago '04        #12
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 Zazi3 The Beast said
Since he didn’t release Tay K I don’t care lol
Word Free that lil n*gga!
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 5 months ago '15        #13
The Dudeness 29 heat pts29
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 R Dot said
Word Free that lil n*gga!
Didn’t he catch a body or something like that?
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 5 months ago '04        #14
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 The Dudeness said
Didn’t he catch a body or something like that?
Allegedly

 5 months ago '05        #15
TheChampIsHere! 
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hoe sh*t! hope one of the kids he released a*saults his dumb a*s....
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 5 months ago '18        #16
Twrecz 
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I'd always take midterms for granted when I was younger, but now see and fully grasp the importance on a county and city level. It seems like common sense, but most get wrapped up in the primaries where you run the risk of your vote "not being heard" with electoral college fu*kery.

Get them hoes right up outta there.
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 5 months ago '16        #17
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 slimfrom85th said
This is the equivalent of a n*gga taking a L and saying give me my ball I'm goin home
My mama said I gotta go in...

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 5 months ago '17        #18
one il matt 56 7 heat pts
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Black women swept every judicial position in Houston.

Which means we will now have black women who have black dads, black cousins, black brothers, black coaches for their sons football team, black teachers on her daughter's schools, and will generally see black men as humans.

The black women will likely be more compassionate and understanding around misguided children.















But if we had listened to a*s hats, we would've still had guys like this Republican judge determining the fate of our children.

Eat a d*ck to all those trying to tell others not to vote.

Y'all can continue living in wallow, posting sh*t online to seem "woke" and sh*tting on others trying to get involved.

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 5 months ago '15        #19
RIPrjacks23 9 heat pts
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 one il matt 56 said
Black women swept every judicial position in Houston.

Which means we will now have black women who have black dads, black cousins, black brothers, black coaches for their sons football team, black teachers on her daughter's schools, and will generally see black men as humans.

The black women will likely be more compassionate and understanding around misguided children.















But if we had listened to a*s hats, we would've still had guys like this Republican judge determining the fate of our children.

Eat a d*ck to all those trying to tell others not to vote.

Y'all can continue living in wallow, posting sh*t online to seem "woke" and sh*tting on others trying to get involved.

I'm with you to an extent, national level politics are likely a joke and smoke and mirrors..I still vote though..
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 5 months ago '12        #20
OldBusiness 178 heat pts178
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Black women took over Houstons entire judicial system last night. Amazing
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 5 months ago '07        #21
RedMonkeyJunkie 11 heat pts11
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People usually mistakenly overlook these local elections when these are what normally effect your day to day life. Democrats took a huge chunk of state level positions nationwide.

Obama lost 1000 seats nationwide over 8 years, Trump just lost over 300 in 2 years.
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 5 months ago '04        #22
octane 
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Smart enough to be a smart but still stupid and ignorant. He wants to release a muthafu*ka so they do something bad like shoot up a club in California out of spite. Piece of sh*t. Im sure he uses Make America Great Again Tampons.

 5 months ago '08        #23
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 one il matt 56 said
Black women swept every judicial position in Houston.

Which means we will now have black women who have black dads, black cousins, black brothers, black coaches for their sons football team, black teachers on her daughter's schools, and will generally see black men as humans.

The black women will likely be more compassionate and understanding around misguided children.

But if we had listened to a*s hats, we would've still had guys like this Republican judge determining the fate of our children.

Eat a d*ck to all those trying to tell others not to vote.

Y'all can continue living in wallow, posting sh*t online to seem "woke" and sh*tting on others trying to get involved.


Well said, my dude.
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 5 months ago '04        #24
erickonasis 23 heat pts23
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 slimfrom85th said
This is the equivalent of a n*gga taking a L and saying give me my ball I'm goin home
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 5 months ago '11        #25
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 OldBusiness said
Black women took over Houstons entire judicial system last night. Amazing
I read another article that said his replacement was Black and apart of those 19

But google gave me this woman


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