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This Ousted Judge Just Released All the Juvenile Defendants Who Promised Him They Wouldn't Kill Anybody

"He was releasing everybody. Apparently he was saying that's what the voters wanted.”

JudgeEverythingpossible / DreamstimeSpurned by voters, a Texas juvenile court justice known for incarcerating lots of teen offenders opted to release virtually all the defendants who appeared in his court today.

Harris County Juvenile Judge Glenn Devlin asked each defendant whether they planned to kill anyone, and then ordered their release when they responded in the negative.

"He was releasing everybody," public defender Steven Halpert told The Houston Chronicle. "Apparently he was saying that's what the voters wanted."

Devlin, a Republican, lost his re-election Tuesday after Democrats captured the benches in 59 local courts. He had earned a reputation as a judge who favors incarceration—the number of kids sent to juvenile detention doubled in recent years, despite falling elsewhere in Texas, according to The Chronicle.

State law mandates hearings every 10 days for minors with pending court cases. Many are detained in the meantime.

The district attorney was concerned about the haphazard releases. "We oppose the wholesale release of violent offenders at any age," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. "This could endanger the public."

Indeed, it does sound reckless to release teens accused of violent crimes, their promises to refrain from murder notwithstanding. But kids involved in far less serious matters really shouldn't be sitting behind bars as they await resolution to their cases. The school-to-prison pipeline is a terrible thing, and overzealously sending young people to juvenile detention centers is bad for everyone.

While it sounds like Devlin losing his job is a good thing—given his cavalier approach—I hope his replacement is more inclined to consider releases for all young people who deserve them.

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  • Bronze Khopesh||

    There goes da judge!

  • SQRLSY One||

    Could we please START OUT with releasing all of the pot smokers who pinky-swear NOT to smoke pot again? And ALSO the blowers -upon-unprescribed cheap-plastic-flutes, who pinky-swear NOT to blow on a cheap plastic flutes again, EVER again, w/o permission from a Government-Almighty-Blessed Doctor of Doctorology?

    (And leave the violent offenders OUT of it?)

    (To find precise details on what NOT to do, to avoid the flute police, please see http://www.churchofsqrls.com/DONT_DO_THIS/ ) … This has been a pubic service, courtesy of the Church of SQRLS!

  • Inigo Montoya||

    Okay, this is the probably the tenth mention of blowing on "cheap plastic flutes" I've read in these comments.

    At the risk of sounding dumb, what does it mean? Is it vaping? Crack smoking? Sex work? Something else? I'm serous—I don't understand.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Hit the link and read it. Skip and skim over the beginning a little if you want. It's not all that long... Or Google "lung flute".

  • Oli||

    lol, it's just blowing a plastic flute thingie that you could, but not should (because it's bad for you if you do), order from China or print in a 3D printer. If you buy the approved and prescribed flute, it will be good for you lungs. If you buy anything else, you will literally choke to death on libertarianism.

  • gaoxiaen||

    GTO?

  • ||

    He had earned a reputation as a judge who favors incarceration—the number of kids sent to juvenile detention doubled in recent years, despite falling elsewhere in Texas, according to The Chronicle.

    Violent offenders? Non-violent offenders clearly guilty of property crimes? Trivial offenders? Who cares!

    State law mandates hearings every 10 days for minors with pending court cases. Many are detained in the meantime.

    What does the Judge's incarceration rate have to do with this? If he hears twice as many cases as the next judge he'll be doing what he can to keep the pending caseload down and, expectedly, the absolute number of incarcerations will double.

    Sure, let's hope we get a better judge but is there any evidence that he wasn't swept aside in a blue wave of judicial retards?

  • ||

    the Judge's incarceration rate detention numbers have

  • Dillinger||

    take *that* Houston. heh

    kids in jail seems wrong.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Depends on the "kid".

  • Dillinger||

    difference between Ed Kemper and impressionable utes, yes.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Depending on the jail.

  • buybuydandavis||

    "He was separating children from their families!"

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    "He was releasing everybody," public defender Steven Halpert told The Houston Chronicle. "Apparently he was saying that's what the voters wanted."

    What a fucking baby. Good riddance if that's how seriously he takes his job and his own sense of professionalism. Have some pride in yourself for fucks sake.

  • ||

    What a fucking baby. Good riddance if that's how seriously he takes his job and his own sense of professionalism. Have some pride in yourself for fucks sake.

    Judge Narragansett, crybaby.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    While it sounds like Devlin losing his job is a good thing—given his cavalier approach—I hope his replacement is more inclined to consider releases for all young people who deserve them.

    Demand a pinky-promise.

  • gaoxiaen||

    That's three times.

  • TwelveInchPianist||

    Sounds good to me.

    "Indeed, it does sound reckless to release teens accused of violent crimes..."

    How 'bout we try them before we punish them?

  • DenverJ||

    You know who else had a reputation for high incarceration rates?

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    Roy Bean?

  • DenverJ||

    Wasn't he the Hanging Judge? Someone who has been hanged had been set free, not incarcerated.

  • DiegoF||

    The taxes in NY are gonna be so high after the Democratic landslide that the "death" option is not going to look like a bad alternative.

  • Vernon Depner||

    Batman?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Josef Stalin?

  • Hank Phillips||

    Dick Tracy?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Buffalo Bill Cody?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Walter White?

    (In-car-ceration, get it?)

  • JFree||

    Zoot Suit Riots?

  • JFree||

    Swingjugend?

  • Aloysious||

    Judge Dredd?

  • gaoxiaen||

    FDR?

  • Social Justice is neither||

    Sorry Robby, but their sworn statements are just as credible as Ford's (at least using the reason/journalist definition). Besides in this day and age you wouldn't want to assume anyone's identity and we all know you absolutely must "believe her" (even if she has a penis and/or a track record of lying). I don't see how this judge's actions are in any way not what you and your comrades demand.

  • JeremyR||

    More credible, because Ford's story changed several times and is a provable liar.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Wut

  • DWB||

    Trolled ...

  • Sidd Finch v2.01||

    He had earned a reputation as a judge who favors incarceration—the number of kids sent to juvenile detention doubled in recent years, despite falling elsewhere in Texas, according to The Chronicle.

    Also according to The Chronicle:

    Some of that increase likely stems from an uptick in certain types of offenses, including aggravated robberies. Four years ago, 1,248 kids in Harris County faced charges serious enough to make them eligible for a TJJD sentence; by last year that number was up to just over 2,000, according to figures provided by Phillips' court.

    Seems relevant.

  • ||

    Seems relevant.

    Yeah, this magazine and even the commentariate are becoming a bit of a joke. Reason has a distinct habit of telling half the story and Robby especially would step over his own mother to tell a story. The fact that we're supposed to dislike a judge because he puts people in prison presumes that libertarians stupidly believe there are no crimes for which people should be locked in a cell.

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    No, we're supposed to dislike this judge for being a big crybaby who clearly doesn't take his job seriously.

  • buybuydandavis||

    The commentariate provided the fact Reason's article left out.

    The commentariate delivers the news.

  • Sidd Finch v2.01||

    The school-to-prison pipeline is a terrible thing

    We're only weeks away from "no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA."

  • Juice||

    Tough day for Luis Bracamontes, Jr.

  • Hank Phillips||

    By "narcotics" in Bracamontes' case, are the looters talking plant leaves? Prescription Dramamine?

  • Juice||

    Did you get whooshed or did I?

  • DiegoF||

    I like the idea that his kid ended up just being some gentle hippie stoner getting hassled by the cops.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    ^my thought after every Hank comment

  • Hank Phillips||

    Has Robby read the charges? I'd wager hate speech, cultural appropriation, assaulting an officer (trying to pull away), assaulting airport security (putting knees together to prevent groping), assaulting a jailer (being slow to obey), defiant aggression with Bill of Rights... I'd be surprised if a single one was approached in the first place for anything other than victimless or imaginary "crimes." Every violent crime I ever witnessed was committed by minions of the political state.

  • Juice||

    You failed America.

    If the midterms were a test of the country's character, Americans failed

    The character of the country was on the ballot, and we emerged a Cubist portrait of contradictions and embarrassments.

    We did not repudiate racism and hate en masse. We did not restore dignity and decency to the electoral process by ensuring the integrity of the vote.
  • Juice||

    The Senate is so rigged, y'all. I can't even.

    The Senate is so rigged that Democrats may never control it ever again

    It would be nice to live in a democratic republic.

    It's the day after Election Day, and Democrats just handed Republicans the GOP's collective asses. Though the sheer magnitude of the Republican loss remains uncertain — ballots are still being counted, and blue California may take weeks to complete its count — early projections suggest that Democratic House candidates may have won the national popular vote by 7 points.

    That's a bigger margin of victory than the Republican wave in 2010 (6.8 points) or the GOP wave in 2014 (5.7 points).

    And yet, it wasn't enough. Republicans will hold the Senate and, with it, the power to fill the federal courts with Republican stalwarts.
  • DiegoF||

    They will control it in good years, when they will make sure to pass shit with a vengeance that will never be undone. The future of this country at the national level belongs firmly to an alliance of bougie-progs with nonwhites. This group has the overwhelming, rapidly increasing majority of the population (and money). The Senate and courts will indeed be the only thing protecting the shrinking minority from these measures.

  • DiegoF||

    This is not to address the ridiculousness of the Democratic narrative of course.

  • Sevo||

    "It's the day after Election Day, and Democrats just handed Republicans the GOP's collective asses. Though the sheer magnitude of the Republican loss remains uncertain — ballots are still being counted, and blue California may take weeks to complete its count — early projections suggest that Democratic House candidates may have won the national popular vote by 7 points."

    The Ds also won 'Most Likely to Fail' in high school.

  • DiegoF||

    Yet more evidence that their stupidity is delaying their eventual takeover of this country. But it is only a delay. If they want good news to crow about there is plenty. They underperformed by a bit but the election confirmed the long-term good news for them. They don't have to resort to this "popular vote" business.

    They have the right strategy--the synergy of bougie-social-proggery with racial minority pandering. It will ensure them a permanent demographic majority. But that's because even an idiot could see that formula staring them in the face. Their unforced errors will delay their arrival in the promised land.

  • ||

    Their unforced errors will delay their arrival in the promised land.

    So ^this^.

    There blue wave would've been considerably greater had they approved Kavanaugh without contest.

  • ||

    "Their"

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Sevo won the "most likely to get hit by a Model T Ford" in high school.

  • Sevo||

    And you've yet to see me whining about it on media outlets, unlike the whiny lefty assholes, right?

  • gaoxiaen||

    Model T Ford and a tank full of gas. Handful...

  • Mickey Rat||

    We do not live in a democratic republic but a confederation of fifty democratic republics which are all sovereign in their territories.

    Whatever stands in their way they hate, whether they understand how fits in the context the country or not.

  • Sevo||

    We will be SAVED!

    "Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web from abuse"
    [...]
    "Under the principles laid out in the document, which Berners-Lee calls a "Magna Carta for the web", governments must ensure that its citizens have access to all of the internet, all of the time, and that their privacy is respected so they can be online "freely, safely and without fear."
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/
    2018/nov/05/tim-berners-lee-launches
    -campaign-to-save-the-web-from-abuse

    Uh, Tim, that's not what governments do.

  • DiegoF||

    Twenty years from now, thirty at most, all of us will be to the United States as a whole what you are to San Francisco. San Francisco, then California as a whole, is simply ahead of the curve.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    *facepalm*

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I hope that palm has been washed after your midget bbw adventures.

  • DiegoF||

    Well, it most certainly is the kind of thing that the British government does, and that is where he is from. It is the values of not only the governing class, but also the corporate elite--as you can see by the signatories. We are a little less like this for now in the US but we are getting there too and the gap is dissolving.

  • AlmightyJB||

    What a child

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Robby aint down with the 8th Amendment and everyone getting non-excessive bail.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Elections have consequences.

    Democrats are the worse.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You will notice on the Chronicle link that the guy who, along with his deputy sheriff wife, choked to death a guy for urinating outside a Denny's was convicted of the murder this week.

    Seldom do I follow up on these stories so it's good to see a resolution, even if by accident.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Devlin, a Republican, lost his re-election Tuesday after Democrats captured the benches in 59 local courts.

    Sounds like a blue Tuesday for plenty of right-wingers in Texas.

    Progress can be delayed but not avoided in America.

  • Sevo||

    "Progress can be delayed but not avoided in America."

    Courtesy of the asshole, stupidity is on display here every day.
    Fuck off, asshole

  • Sevo||

    Oh, and you miserable fucking excuse for humanity, are you hoping to get the 'last word' in by posting after most everyone east of CA has sacked?
    Like that pathetic piece of shit Tony, are you reduced by your stupidity and tired politics to posting when you hope no one is looking?
    Didn't you mom tell you to come upstairs a while ago, asshole?
    Fuck off.

  • buybuydandavis||

    It's a blue tuesday for a lot of Americans.

    More public defecation for everybody!

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  • DiegoF||

    elizabethelizabeth knows her audience.

  • buybuydandavis||

    It's kind of funny, but he has absolved voters from responsibility for the policies they voted for. Now they'll just blame him for the incipient crime wave.

  • dsquaredoutlet||

    Good thing there's two Session's threads. Because there's now way to contain the excitement to just one.

    Also what does this mean for the marijuana stuff?

    That all ends with Sessions leaving right? I assume it was his particular bugaboo, and that there's not going to be anyone willing to pick it up and keep it going.

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