More news on the overcrowded Harris County jails.
Crowding and unsanitary conditions in the Harris County Jail have spurred a group of community leaders, clergy members and civil rights advocates to request a meeting this week with county officials to seek solutions.
"We know it's not supposed to be comfortable for people who are incarcerated, but it is supposed to be humane," Yolanda Smith, executive director of the Houston chapter of the NAACP, said Tuesday.
Smith and other community leaders expect to meet Friday with county criminal justice officials and judges to discuss ways to limit the number of people placed in jail and help probationers stay out.
County Judge Robert Eckels said he is aware of the problems and will work with other officials to fix them. Public safety is paramount, he said, and the county will consider streamlining the booking process and the bonding-out system to help move people with misdemeanor arrests through the jail more quickly.
County leaders are scheduled to meet with the state commission Aug. 4 to discuss the problems.