Austin City Council PR Bond Policy Scrutinized For Release of Suspect in Freebirds Stabbing, Firing of Judges In 2017, the Austin City Council passed a directive to the municipal court to prioritize “personal recognizance” bonds for “indigent” defendants. Some judges who raised concerns about the propriety of the directive wereRead More →

Houston police chief calls on courts to ‘stop pussyfooting’ after second officer-involved shooting (excerpt from Fox 26 9/16/19) HOUSTON (FOX 26) – Houston’s police chief called on Harris County criminal courts to “stop pussyfooting” after another officer involved shooting Monday morning left a suspect dead. Chief art Acevedo voiced his frustrationRead More →

Texas: El Paso County Creates a Risk Assessment Shred-a-Thon Under Threat of Litigation as Momentum Against Pretrial Risk Assessment Continues to Grow On October 1, 2018, El Paso County implemented its new bail policy.  El Paso’s new policy is based on the use of a risk assessment tool and theRead More →

Texas Public Policy Foundation‘s Criticism of Governor Abbott Misplaced—Dallas District Attorney’s New Policy Is a License to Steal Recall, Dallas District Attorney John Cruezot is not going to prosecute thefts under $750 for those necessary items, in addition to not prosecuting some weed and some other low-level offenses.   Governor AbbotRead More →

Let judges handle bail, and keep Texas safer (excerpt from TribTalk – Texas and authored by Former U.S. Representative Ted Poe, Mar 12 2019) In order for any criminal justice system to work properly, justice must mean something to the offender, to the victim and to the community. Justice cannotRead More →