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With over 4 million residents, Harris County is the most populated county in Texas, and the third-most populated county in the nation. Houston serves as the county seat, and Harris County is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area.
Under the Texas State Constitution, the County Judge serves as chair of the Harris County Commissioners Court. Harris County is divided into four precincts, each of which elects a Commissioner to serve as its representative on the Commissioners Court. Harris County residents also elect a County Attorney, County Clerk, District Attorney, District Clerk, and all judges besides municipal judges, who are appointed by officials from their respective cities.
Texas district courts, like Harris County, have original jurisdiction over criminal felony cases. Persons convicted of capital felonies may face the death penalty by lethal injection. Harris County has executed more prisoners than any other county in the nation. Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice began investigating the Harris County jail system after civil rights and religious groups raised concerns about poor sanitation and health conditions. The Harris County jail system houses almost 10,000 inmates, a number exceeding the entire prison system of many states.
According to a recent report published by the State Bar of Texas, 67% of Harris County lawyers are male, while 33% are female. Additionally, 26% of lawyers in Harris County have held a license to practice law for over 25 years. The majority of Harris County attorneys are Houston lawyers.
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