Treating minor gun crimes as future homicides has helped to cut down on violence in Houston, and a key tool for investigators is the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, now much improved from the original program first introduced by the feds in 1999.
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal denounced Harris County’s cash bail system, saying it is fundamentally unfair to detain indigent people arrested for low-level offenses simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. He ordered the county to begin releasing indigent inmates as early as May 15.
Acevedo had a 20-year career with the California Highway Patrol before taking over in 2007 as chief in Austin, where he was well regarded. Acevedo will be Houston’s first Latino police chief. Born in Cuba, he had been a hot prospect for a number of other police executive positions.