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Are Billionaire Technocrats using Harris County as a Testing Lab Part:2
Harris County is experiencing the worst crime wave that we have seen in over 30 years under Democrat rule. Criminals have murdered over 189 innocent civilians including children and unborn babies due to the County’s broken bail reform policy. From my observations, it appears that this crime wave and unnecessary body count were facilitated and carefully crafted by the Democrats and the Arnolds from Arnold Ventures. I am not sure what their motives would be to allow this rampage to continue, but I can outline the events that have precipitated the spike in crime we are currently witnessing.
Pictured above are just some of the victims who were murdered by criminals out on bail, and yes, three are sonograms. Three pregnant women were murdered in the last year by offenders out on bail. Not once have the three Democrats acknowledged their deaths. 85 percent of the people murdered are minorities.
By clicking the link you can see how dangerous our county has become under Democrat leadership: Crime Statistics for Harris County
When the blue wave hit Harris County in 2018, it shifted the majority in Commissioners Court from Republican to Democrat. As a result, disgraced former senator Rodney Ellis was elected to Precinct 1, Adrian Garcia elected to precinct 2, and 28 year old Lina Hidalgo became County Judge, Dan Cohen wrote an insightful and truthful article about Lina Hidalgo here “Hidalgo:True Background “ This trio introduced bail reform in Harris County, and with it, the bloodiest three years our county has ever seen.
(Commissioner Rodney Ellis, a vocal supporter of bail reform who lobbied the civil rights firm behind the case to sue Harris County over “unfair practices”, helped transition the county into Bail Reform.)
Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis embraces lawyer Alec Karakatsanis. They led a class-action lawsuit against the County on behalf of indigent defendants challenging the county's cash bond system on Jan. 17, 2019. (The O'Donnell Consent Decree) The new rule allowed qualifying misdemeanor defendants to be released on a personal bond rather than a cash bond.
Many people may not know about the connections between Rodney Ellis, Alec Karakatsanis, and the Arnolds but it appears by the chain of events, they knew one another and had a plan in place long before the blue wave hit us in 2018. Alec Karakastanis and Laura Arnold attended Yale together and eventually collaborated on social justice issues. Alec was counsel in the O’Donnell lawsuit alongside being counsel for the release of prisoners in our county during Covid.
If you go to the Arnold Ventures website, you can find a lot of coverage with Alec Karakatsanis. Arnold Ventures Alek K Link
The Commissioners Court led by the new Democrat majority passed the O’Donnell Consent Decree by a 3-2 party vote with little discussion.
Once this vote pushed through the settlement, the county's crime rates increased almost instantaneously. County officials, including a Republican majority on the bench in misdemeanor courts, appealed the federal judge's rulings twice. But the new slate of Democratic judges and county officials elected in November withdrew the federal appeal and began discussing a joint settlement. Interestingly, one of Rodney Ellis's proteges, Franklin Bynum, attended Commissioners Court to speak out in support of the settlement during the public opinion portion of the proceedings. Bynum had been involved with weeks-long negotiations of the settlement. Below is a photo of Judge Bynum sporting a shirt calling for the Defunding of the Police, and was also featured in an article calling for abolishing prisons.
The settlement cost the County approximately $97 million and formed The Justice Administration Department or “JAD”. Throughout the past few years, the County’s Democrat majority in Commissioners Court has awarded PFM Consulting Group nearly $7 million in contracts for the Justice Administration Department to conduct studies regarding Justice reform and has played an integral role in creating new positions of unelected bureaucrats in our government. You can read further about this move by The Texans Holly Hansen: Article Upon digging further into PFM Group Consulting, I discovered they have received over $1 million in grants from Arnold Ventures.
Below is a contract awarded to PFM Group Consulting for $3.2 million to conduct an assessment of the Harris County Constables’ use of technology from the scope of work for review through November 11, 2022.
Below is another contract awarded to PFM Group Consulting to expand services to include the current organizational structure review of various departments and provide recommendations regarding Precinct 1 (Rodney Ellis) organizational structure for one year. The agreement amount came out to be $3.74 million.
I was able to find the itemized invoices which have been paid out by the County to PFM Group Consulting from 7.20.20 through 12.1.21 totaling $5,649,805. This seems like an extraordinary amount of money to award to a Consulting Group which is basically using the same playbook in every other county they have received contracts from.
I discovered a Grant awarded to PFM Group Consulting from Arnold Ventures for $1.1 million alongside another for $4 million. Keep in mind, PFM has worked with the likes of Soros-funded George Gascon in LA County and in many other progressive counties.
No one can deny that there appears to be an awfully cozy relationship between the Democrat majority in the Commissioners Court and Arnold Ventures.
Before bail reform, the Arnolds had introduced their “risk assessment” tool to Harris County on July 29, 2017. This tool was “gifted” to the County by the Arnold Foundation. This data-driven assessment tool is a technocrat’s dream: an algorithm-based calculation designed to assess a criminal’s “risk” level to rate what his level of threat a criminal. I came to find out that the Arnolds had given this tool to over four states, 55 counties, and three cities. All are experiencing higher than normal crime rates. The interesting facet of this was that the Arnolds formed a research group to monitor the tool. It appears to me, that the Arnolds are using counties, cities, and states as testing labs for their technology. You can read more about the pretrial assessment tool here: Arnold Assessment Tool
The Arnolds have packaged the “pretrial assessment tool” is supposedly help stop prison overcrowding and create fair-based assessment of criminal threat. Yet, this tool seems to have done the antithesis of what they aimed for and has resulted in countless deaths of innocent civilians due to the release of violent offenders. Notably, the assessment tool was tied to the release of Darryl Brooks, the criminal who plowed through a crowd killing 8 people in Waukesha.