Saturday, February 25, 2012

Serious offenses preventable - keep accused in jail

Personal recognizance bonds add to misery

“Well, yes, but did you notice the time the whole thing took place? Yeah, right at shift change time.” - high ranking police administrator

How do the proactive policies of personal recognizance release of repeat offenders affect the public health and safety? We took the time to put together some retrospective articles carried by The Legendary over the past couple of years to get the answer to that question.

The results can be startling for the unintiated, the unaware, or those who have simply not been paying attention. - The Legendary

Follow the hyperlinked sections to get a comprehensive picture of the way business as usual is conducted at the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.


Fiery crash that claimed man's life was preventable

Driver was released on traffic warrants
Records show failure to appear on $3,000 fines

Reporting By R.S. Gates
Story by The Legendary Jim Parks

Waco – McLennan County Jail authorities released a woman who later rear-ended a car on W. Waco Drive on outstanding warrants for more than $3,000 in traffic fines involving a failure to appear in municipal court, records show.

According to booking cards obtained through a public information act request, Miranda Monique Campbell, 28, who also goes by the name Miranda Jones, walked out of McLennan County Jail the day before Waco police apprehended her twice in disturbance calls while behind the wheel on February 3.

She later drove her Mercury Mountaineer SUV to a fiery crash with the Ford Ranger pickup driven by Isidro Pech Que, 40, of Mexico. The accident claimed Mr. Que's life after the pickup burst into flames.

Investigators estimated the SUV was traveling at speeds as high as 130 miles per hour just prior to the collision.

Officers had stopped her car twice before as she traveled down W. Waco Dr., but did not take her into custody prior to the collision.

Following a report of a disturbance at 6:30 p.m. On Feb. 3, officers released Ms. Campbell and her companion Cindy Ann Murray, 39, following a confrontation in the lobby of police headquarters on W. 4th St...

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011

Private jail to “borrow” McLennan County prisoners

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Waco - Jail contractor CEC, Inc., will receive 180 prisoners from the local county lockup, according to a knowledgeable confidential source.

The planned move is intended to allow the New Jersey-based corporation to “make parole.”

According to the source, “CEC has the same old 300 they have always new contracts...which means that we have around 250 empty beds to use.” That's in addition to the 326 empty beds in the downtown jail, which was at one time contracted by CEC as a lockup for federal prisoners.

That facility stands empty, awaiting multimillion dollar remodeling and refurbishment to its lock systems, smoke and fire detectors.

When the company began to operate the year-old $50 million Jack Harwell Detention Center, located adjacent to the McLennan County Jail on Highway 6, the Commissioners' Court and Sheriff Larry Lynch elected to allow the contractor to transfer the prisoners to the new jail.

So far, the only thing the move has netted the taxpayers is the obligation to cover the interest carry on the bonds. Even though they are revenue bonds issued by public service corporation created by the County Commissioners' Court and not approved by the voters as General Obligation Bonds, taxpayers are still liable for the financial burden...
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