AUSTIN– Reacting to an awful Houston case that touched off a nationwide scandal, the Texas Senate on Wednesday all authorized legislation developed to keep criminal activity victims from being imprisoned to guarantee they affirm in court without appropriate legal securities.
Called “Jenny’s Law” in honor of the psychologically ill Houston rape victim whose case ended up being a dominant issue in 2015’s Harris County district lawyer’s race, Senate Bill 291 was rapidly authorized without argument and sent out to your house for factor to consider.
Home approval is likewise anticipated.
” This deals with a crucial issue we found in Harris County … but one that can happen any place in Texas,” said state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston. “This must never ever happen once again.”.
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Whitmire stated the Houston victim was imprisoned for almost a month in late 2015 because district attorneys feared she would not go back to affirm after having a psychological breakdown. She was beaten in prison and re-victimized, he stated.
A Houston Chronicle examination about the case– “Serial Indifference”– has actually exposed that the suspect in the rape case had actually remained in and from the criminal justice system for many years before the attack on Jenny, in a chain of missed out on chances that might have avoided brand-new victims.
Whitmire stated the costs needs that before anybody can look for a writ of accessory to hold a victim or witness in prison, “that person, an innocent person, needs to have a court-appointed lawyer to secure their interests.”.
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” It likewise needs a public court hearing, not a hearing in a judge’s chambers like occurred with Jenny, a re-hearing of the case after 15 days which a state report to be assembled to guarantee this is not taking place throughout Texas,” he stated.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who won over incumbent Devon Anderson whose workplace has actually licensed putting Jenny behind bars, has actually backed the legislation as have other district attorneys and justice-advocacy groups.