Houston Voters OK “Inmate Processing Center” By A Mere 456 Votes


Voters in Houston’s Harris County barely approved bonds for jail construction in Tuesday’s election, says the Grits for Breakfast blog. The proposition got a 456-vote margin, with 112,289 in favor and 111,833 against. A pre-election poll showed that voters may have been swayed because of what the blog calls the “somewhat disingenuous” decision not to mention the word “jail” on the ballot but instead to refer to the measure as funding a “joint inmate processing center.” With no organized opposition to the proposal and widespread establishment support, those figures suggest that many voters are tired of paying for endless jail expansion, by whatever name it’s called.

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