Wichita Falls, TX – Bail Reform heating up in Texas – same rhetoric with Taxpayers at Risk
Two Bills introduced in Texas take aim at bail reform and pretrial release that could leave the citizens less safe on the taxpayers dime.
Reported by the Texomas – Mar 16, 2017
WICHITA FALLS – If someone is arrested and charged with a crime in the state of Texas, in order to get out of jail they have to pay a cash bond.
Two bills introduced this Legislative Session in Austin aim to change what determines when and how a person is released from jail. Meanwhile, new language has been added to Senate Bill 4 or the sanctuary city bill, that would hold bail bondsmen responsible for crimes committed by illegal immigrants they post bond for.
Now the Professional Bondsman of Texas are lobbying against the bills, Senate Bill 1338 and House Bill 3011.
Bo Jones, the Vice President of the PBT, said the two bills filed this month will be detrimental to the future of the bail bondsman industry.
The bills would require courts to perform pretrial risk assessments to determine if someone is a flight risk, is likely to show up for court or if they pose a threat to the public’s safety. If the bills become law, people who are not considered a risk, would be released on their own recognizance in lieu of a cash bond.
Careful what you wish for Texas…
- ZERO Accountability
- ZERO Supervision
- ZERO Bail…just a “pinky promise” to return
– US Bail Reform