Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In its never-ending battle to coerce defendants into accepting plea offers, yesterday Harris County managed to shut down 10 of the 12 elevators in the Criminal (In)justice Center forcing hundreds of folks to stand outside in subfreezing temperatures.
Temperatures were in the low 20's this morning and the line to get into the courthouse stretched out over a block. There is absolutely no excuse to force citizens who are presumed innocent to stand outside in those conditions. The folks in charge of running the courthouse should be ashamed.
H/T Sarah Wood of the Harris County Public Defender's Office for the photo.