Houston plans 'sobering center' at shelter instead of jail
84-bed facility would allow people whose only offense is being drunk to bypass jail.
Houston — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; City officials plan to open a "sobering center" at the Star of Hope Mission downtown later this year. It would be an 84-bed facility that would allow people whose only offense is being drunk to bypass jail.
Houston police arrest 19,000 people a year for public intoxication, racking up $4 million to $6 million in jail costs.
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