Corpus Christi is located in Nueces County in southern Texas along the Gulf of Mexico coast. This is an area with increasing cases of COVID-19 and as such the City implemented several policies including cancelling all in-person hearings and trials with some being conducted via video conference, encouraging resolution of cases online, and no issuing any new warrants (Corpus Christi, 2020). However, they did not report any changes to the operation of the City Detention Center.
Nueces County Jail has suspended all visitation by families (Nueces County Sheriff, 2020; Nueces County Jail, 2020). This is in part due to the Governor’s order but also likely due to the 97% infection rate reported on July 6, 2020 in one dormitory of the Jail Annex (Rodriguez, 2020). At least 50 sheriff employees were also infected. The communities around Corpus Christi have one of the largest outbreaks including a high number of hospitalizations that are overwhelming the hospital system (KIII Staff, 2020; Gamio, Mervosh, & Collins, 2020). They did not provide information on how attorneys or hearing are conducted but this is likely through limited in-person and primarily video conferencing.
Corpus Christi. (2020). Municipal Court Covid-19 Operations & Instructions. Retrieved September 28, 2020, from City of Corpus Christi: https://cctexas.kordami.dev/detail/municipal-court-covid-19-operations-instructions
Gamio, L., Mervosh, S., & Collins, K. (2020, July 23). Where the Virus is Sending People to Hospitals. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/23/us/coronavirus-hospitalizations-us.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200723&instance_id=20544&nl=the-morning®i_id=75843376&segment_id=34125&te=1&user_id=2e44da24c4ba17ef20cc569c9eaa4524
KIII Staff. (2020, July 13). 50 employees at the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department test positive for COVID-19. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from KIII Channel 3 News: https://www.kiiitv.com/article/news/50-employees-at-the-nueces-county-sheriffs-department-test-positive-for-covid-19/503-d0d469cc-3e9c-4af4-afda-3c7e8eeec197
Nueces County Jail. (2020). Jail Operations. Retrieved September 28, 2020, from Nuces County: https://www.nuecesco.com/law-enforcement/sheriff/jail-operations
Nueces County Sheriff. (2020). Jail Visitor Screening Questionnaire. Retrieved September 28, 2020, from Nueces County Texas: https://www.nuecesco.com/law-enforcement/sheriff/coronavirus-jail-visitors
Rodriguez, A. (2020, July 6). COVID-19 outbreak reported at Nueces County McKinzie Jail Annex. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from Caller Times: https://www.caller.com/story/news/local/2020/07/06/texas-covid-19-coronavirus-outbreak-reported-nueces-county-mckinzie-jail-annex/5382793002/
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