The Harris County Bail System, Time Will Tell If Citizens Got A Good Deal Or A Bad One
It started as a way to help poor non-violent offenders to get out of jail and not get stuck in our system. Unfortunately, the deal neglects giving the District Attorney's Office the resources to do its job efficiently, full funding for diversion programs or solving the chronic courtroom problems continuing in the two years since Harvey.
By the way, nowhere in this deal are the rights of victims of crime considered, nor is public safety any consideration at all!
We will follow what happens but fully expect crime rates in Harris County to increase as the deal goes far beyond poor non-violent first offenders, without real consequence for not showing up in court or picking up multiple offenses or reoffending.
Do law abiding citizens matter in the equation at all?