Harris County Jail Population


Here is a tabulation of Harris County’s jail population as of September 20, 2007.

There are 10,000+ inmates in the Harris County jails.

The largest single group, by far, is pretrial detainees on felony charges: 4,367 (including people held on dual charges and people held on state jail felony charges).

By contrast, 411 people are in the Harris County jails while awaiting trial on misdemeanors only (there is probably very high turnover among this group).

The group of people convicted of state jail felonies and sentenced to county jail is big: 1,371 people. 1,555 are serving county time on misdemeanor convictions.

578 of the inmates are waiting to be taken to prison.

39 people are detained in Harris County Jail by order of the civil district courts, and 39 are federal prisoners. I’m surprised that both of these numbers are so high.

I’ve got no real point here; I just found the numbers interesting, and thought someone else might be able to make something of them.


0 responses to “Harris County Jail Population”

  1. Let’s see . . . what can one make of this?

    Some of the pretrial detainees can’t afford to hire a bondsman?

    The felony pretrial detainees can’t afford to hire a bondsman and are only rarely granted personal bonds?

    Setting a bond amount just beyond reach, which may encourage (some say coerce) detainees to plead, is a really nifty way to keep the courts’ dockets moving?

    Defense attorneys aren’t aggressively enough pursuing bond reductions or personal bond release with conditions?

    Shall I go on?

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