Josephine Peterson, The Dallas Morning News

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The Dallas Morning News

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Past articles by Josephine:

Why is this Dallas center that helps people avoid arrest sitting half empty?

A new center intended to provide mental services to those who otherwise could face minor charges and jail time is being underused, largely because many... → Read More

Processing times in Dallas County called out as hundreds left waiting longer in jail

Dallas County courts aren’t meeting nationally recommended timelines to resolve cases, resulting in more than three-quarters of inmates languishing in jail as... → Read More

Dallas County invests millions more in affordable housing projects

Dallas County Commissioners have approved investments in at least 195 affordable housing units, inching closer to their goal of 2,000 units within the next... → Read More

Why does justice take longer in Dallas County?

In Dallas County, someone accused of a crime can wait months and sometimes years in jail for a case to be resolved due to chokepoints in the criminal justice... → Read More

Inmates slated for probation linger for weeks behind bars in Dallas

Some inmates on the cusp of probation remain in the Dallas County jail for two weeks while they await clinical assessments required by prosecutors,... → Read More

Dallas County commissioners unanimously support critical race theory education

The Dallas County Commissioners Court passed a resolution on Tuesday supporting the teaching of comprehensive Black history. The unanimous approval of the... → Read More

Dallas County Republicans question voting machines, lobby for paper ballots

The Dallas County Republican Party says its top legislative priority this session is lobbying for the return of the paper ballot. Local Republicans say that... → Read More

Dallas County informs state of plans to sue over slow jail transfers

Dallas County says it will sue the state if psychiatric hospitals don’t start accepting more mentally ill inmates. Dallas County formally notified the Texas... → Read More

Dallas County officials feud over tax office closures linked to staffing shortages

Tension over rolling tax office closures spilled into Tuesday’s Dallas County Commissioner Court meeting, where Commissioner John Wiley Price accused Tax... → Read More

As Dallas County’s jail inches toward capacity, the state keeps a close eye

As Dallas County’s jail population swells to near capacity, state officials are warning that not meeting standards could force them to step in. As of Monday,... → Read More

Dallas County judge will go by Clay Lewis Jenkins

The Dallas County judge, who has held the office since 2011, wants his father’s last name wrapped into his identity. → Read More

Dallas County software that promises to fix problems could have some of its own

The company that Dallas County is contracting with to revamp its court case management system has had legal troubles nationwide, and county officials appear... → Read More

Dallas County opens up online marriage license application

Tying the knot? Dallas County will soon accept marriage applications online. County commissioners on Tuesday granted a contract for $32,000 for software to... → Read More

Dallas County to spend nearly $50 million on local nonprofits

Dozens of nonprofits across Dallas County feel better prepared to serve the community for the holidays and in the years to come because of millions in extra... → Read More

Dallas County shifts to renewable energy for all of its 55 buildings

Dallas County is going green. The county signed a three-year contract to purchase solar energy for its 55 buildings, including the county jail, beginning in... → Read More

Dallas County jail’s wait time on felony charges creates population issue

As the Dallas County jail inches toward capacity, officials have focused on addressing those who have been arrested on felony charges that have not been filed, ... → Read More

Dallas County adds psych hospital beds for inmates waiting up to 800 days

Dallas County will use more than $4 million in its federal COVID-19 dollars to reduce the wait times for inmates to be admitted into state psychiatric... → Read More

Dallas city, county officials say they’re working with El Paso on plan to help migrants

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser declared a state of emergency Saturday due to concerns over the city’s capacity to handle thousands of migrants arriving daily. → Read More

Dallas takes step forward in prohibiting Airbnbs, VRBO short-term rentals

The City Plan Commission broadly recommended on Thursday that Dallas prevent short-term rentals in single-family residential neighborhoods. The advisory... → Read More

Dallas County wants more from its top election administrator

Dallas County commissioners said the November midterm election was better run than in previous years, but further improvement is needed. Commissioners told... → Read More