- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County has had problems complying with a law meant to protect youthful offenders and reduce sexual assaults in jail.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/29qPAVn ) reported Tuesday that 17-year-olds at the county jail in Houston, when prosecuted as adults, have no place to go while awaiting trial.

Harris County lockups do not have room for a separate space for inmates under age 18, as required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Sheriff Ron Hickman has said they’re challenged with the space they now have. Harris County jails can hold more than 9,000 inmates. Hickman at times, during overcrowding, sent some offenders to other facilities until they’re moved to Texas prisons.

County officials set up a hotline for inmates to report sexual assaults and separated individuals considered especially vulnerable.


Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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