Holding Judges Accountable in Houston

Harris County Judicial Accountability Scorecards

Since September 2020, we have partnered with researchers at Harvard University to produce weekly, individualized scorecards for Harris County felony judges. The scorecards include the percentages of Black, Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic white defendants that each judge detained prior to trial on their docket. The scorecards also compare each judge to other Harris County felony judges in terms of racial and ethnic disparities in detention rates and bond amounts. We directly email these scorecards to judges, while also publicly posting them on our website. The goal: To impact judicial behavior through accountability.

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