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.

Ponte, Point Man to Fix NYC’s Rikers Island, is Quitting

Joseph Ponte, who was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio three years ago to end the chaos at the Rikers Island jail, is stepping down as correction commissioner. The move came amid revelations about mismanagement and dysfunction at the highest levels of the city’s jail agency. Two city investigations accused him of misusing his city vehicle, spending extended periods out of state away from his job overseeing the jails and failing to notify city officials about an effort by his internal affairs staff to spy on city investigators.