TFDP Wins Release for Over 50 People Detained on Abbott's Executive Order GA-13
On Thursday May 28, a Harris County judge granted a writ filed by TFDP challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order GA-13. Under GA-13, TFDP's client had been denied release on his earned good time and trustee credit, even though he contracted COVID-19 while working as a trustee for the Harris County Jail. TFDP continued to file writs and advocate for similarly situated people, and on June 17, 2020, the Harris County Sheriff released at least 47 additional people from the jail as the result of the original writ, for a total of at least 51 people.
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