Harris County Pretrial Detention Report Series


A new report series from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Texas Organizing Project reveals that Harris County’s felony judges are illegally jailing thousands of people prior to trial simply because they cannot afford the money bail required for their release. The reports rely on jail population data provided by Harris County to rank each judge by the daily average number of people detained prior to trial on their docket. The reports also highlight the hefty cost of pretrial detention to Harris County’s taxpayers. The civil rights groups plan to release updated numbers weekly. 

September 13, 2020 - September 19, 2020: Report

September 6, 2020 - September 12, 2020: Report

August 30, 2020 - September 5, 2020: Report

August 23, 2020 - August 29, 2020: Report

August 16, 2020 - August 22, 2020: Report

August 9, 2020 - August 15, 2020: Report

August 2, 2020 - August 8, 2020: Report

July 26, 2020 - August 2, 2020: Report

July 19, 2020 - July 25, 2020: Report

July 12, 2020 - July 18, 2020: Report

July 5, 2020 - July 11, 2020: Report

June 28, 2020 - July 4, 2020: Report

June 21, 2020 - June 27, 2020: Report

June 14, 2020 - June 20, 2020: Report

June 7, 2020 - June 13, 2020: Report

May 31, 2020 - June 6, 2020: Report

May 24, 2020 - May 30, 2020: Report

May 17, 2020 - May 23, 2020: Report

May 10, 2020 - May 16, 2020: Report

May 3, 2020 - May 9, 2020: Report

April 26, 2020 - May 2, 2020: Report

April 19, 2020 - April 25, 2020: Report

April 12, 2020 - April 18, 2020: Report

April 5, 2020 - April 11, 2020: Report

March 29, 2020 - April 4, 2020: Report

March 22, 2020 - March 28, 2020: Report

March 15, 2020 - March 21, 2020: Report

March 8, 2020 - March 14, 2020: Report

March 1, 2020 - March 7, 2020: Report

February 23, 2020 - February 29, 2020: Report

February 16, 2020 - February 22, 2020: Report

February 9, 2020 - February 15, 2020: Report

February 2, 2020 - February 8, 2020: Report

January 26, 2020 - February 1, 2020: Report

January 19, 2020 - January 25, 2020: Report

January 12, 2020 - January 18, 2020: Report

January 5, 2020 - January 11, 2020: Report

December 29, 2019 - January 4, 2020: Report

 

* In February 2020, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office informed us that they had found and corrected an error in their system that was resulting in a miscount of the number of holds in their population reports. Though the fix did not result in substantial changes to the population numbers, we recalculated and updated the four reports we issued prior to the Sheriff’s correction. The updated versions of those first four reports are available for download above.


In April 2020, TCJC's Harris County team developed a new report, which aims to provide a snapshot of COVID-19's impact on the Harris County justice system. Read it here.