On 5/3/2019, the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA) released its review of the criminal case processes in McLennan County. The report indicated that on 9/1/2017, 496 people charged with felonies were in the McLennan County jail awaiting trial. The OCA’s review of a sample of those cases revealed pretrial incarceration periods of 243 days to 1643 days, with an average of 736 days (2+ years) post-indictment. At $60/day, the pretrial incarceration of those 496 people had already cost taxpayers about $21.9 million. The social and individual costs of such lengthy pretrial incarceration periods are incalculable.
The OCA identified the following areas of concern regarding our felony courts:
· The number one frustration of McLennan County prosecutors is the inaccessibility of our courts when a plea agreement is reached.
· The case management practices in our two felony courts are inconsistent.
· Since cases are not assigned to our felony courts until indictment, relevant events are not addressed by our felony courts prior to indictment.
· A lax continuance or automatic reset policy creates a backlog and promotes a legal culture of unpreparedness. With respect to the 19th District Court, the OCA specifically stated that cases linger for undetermined lengths of time pending trial dates.
The OCA made the following key recommendations regarding our felony courts:
· Expedite hearings on plea agreements.
· Employ consistent case management practices in both felony courts.
· Assign each case to a felony court at the time of arrest instead of waiting until indictment.
· Establish discovery and pretrial deadlines for each case along with a firm, certain trial date.
This webpage highlights facts and issues specifically related to McLennan County's felony courts. The full report also addresses misdemeanors and other aspects of McLennan County's criminal justice system.
As our criminal district judge, MICHAEL FLYNN will actively participate throughout the life of each case (pretrial through post-trial) to foster a culture of high performance within our criminal justice community. As the Chief of Criminal Law for the Army Reserve (200,000 Soldiers) for 4 years, MICHAEL FLYNN effectively managed the swift and just disposition of thousands of cases in 33 jurisdictions. The application of his accumulated wisdom about best practices throughout the U.S. will greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of McLennan County's criminal justice system. MICHAEL FLYNN will continue to be faithful to the law and fair to all.
MICHAEL FLYNN will exercise judicial control over the legal process from arrest through final disposition, giving every felony case individual attention. MICHAEL FLYNN will inventory and prioritize cases based on gravity, complexity, and pendency. As recommended by the Texas Office of Court Administration and the National Center for State Courts, MICHAEL FLYNN will intervene early after arrest and continuously control case progress using demonstrated techniques:
· set and apply disposition time standards;
· set consequential events and deadlines;
· limit continuances;
· employ effective calendaring and docketing measures; and
· use technology to monitor case status.
MICHAEL FLYNN will be Faithful to the Law and Fair to All in Seeking Swift Justice.
Copyright © 2019 Faithful Fair FLYNN for District Judge - All Rights Reserved.
Political Advertising paid for by Michael FLYNN, retired Lieutenant Colonel.
None of the military information or photographs imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or the U.S. Army.