Amid Jail Controversies, Orange County Sheriff to Bow Out

In 2008 Sandra Hutchens vowed to be a “change agent” and clean house in the Orange County, Ca., Sheriff’s Department. Nearly a decade later, facing mounting criticism over her department’s handling of jailhouse informants and the brazen escape by inmates last year, she announced she will not seek re-election.

Watered-Down Sandra Bland Law Signed in Texas

The Sandra Bland Act requires county jails to divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, makes it easier for defendants to receive a personal bond if they have a mental illness or intellectual disability, and requires that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths.