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Williamson County's 'law and order' reputation has led to years of corruption, officials say

Williamson County has long prided itself on being a "law and order county." But some feel that reputation has led to some of the controversies the county has faced.

Tony Plohetski, Britny Eubank

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"Williamson County is tough on crime" is something many Central Texans have heard for decades. The county has long been known as a place with a strict criminal justice system.

That reputation has led a lot of people to move to the county, excited to hear it's a safe place to raise a family. But some believe it has also led to the numerous controversies the county has faced in recent history.

In the past few years, Williamson County has been in the news for incidents involving use of force by law enforcement, questionable practices within the sheriff's department and a wrongful conviction that made national headlines.

For this KVUE Defenders report, Senior Reporter Tony Plohetski spoke to a long-time Williamson County resident about the racial tensions she's felt throughout her life. He asked two lawyers, one a former state representative, about the history of the "tough on crime" narrative affecting prosecutors and court proceedings. And he spoke to District Attorney Shawn Dick and newly-elected Sheriff Mike Gleason about what they're doing to better Williamson County moving forward.

Watch the full report below: