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Report from Harris County Democrat D.A.- Bail Reform in Harris County has Failed

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  The Harris County Democrat District Attorney has issued a report that blows the lid off of bail reform that has been an ongoing experiment in her county; documenting with facts and figures that bail reform has caused crime to increase.  In her conclusion, the district attorney's report states:   [O]ur analysis of the data and metrics they provided show that there is evidence that misdemeanor bail reform in Harris County is associated with lower community safety via higher recidivism and higher crime levels.  It has also undermined the integrity of the bail system through high bond failures.  Ogg, Bail Crime & Public Safety , p. 55 (September 2, 2021). Recidivism means the tendency of a defendant on bond and charged with committing a crime to be arrested and accused of a new crime while on bond. Several years ago, Harris County entered into a settlement of a federal lawsuit which implemented many bail reform initiatives.  One of the terms of the agreement was that there would

PBT Newsletter for July 2021

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 The PBT July Newsletter has been published.  You can view it by CLICKING HERE .

Special Session Starts July 8th- Will Bail Reform Be on the Agenda?

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  The Texas Governor has announced a Special Session will begin on July 8, 2021, but has not announced the agenda. Will bail reform be on it? Although as of today, the Governor has not announced the topics for the Special Session, there are many rumors in the wind and the Governor strongly has hinted that bail reform may be included. If bail reform is on the agenda, it is anticipated that the House and the Senate may start where they left off which would be the conference committee report regarding HB 20 that passed the Senate and was to be considered in the House several hours before the deadline only to not be reached when the Democrats abandoned the House floor over the Election Integrity Bill. Therefore, it is important to understand what was up for consideration in the conference committee report.  What follows is a summary of the report: Summary of Conference Committee Report for HB 20 Section 1-   Referred to as the Damon Allen Act Section 2-   Amends Article 1.07 of the Tex

HB 2448- Passed with No Opposition, Vetoed by the Governor

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  In November 2016, Senator Perry filed SB 4 which was referred to the Texas Ban on Sanctuary Cities.  The purpose of the bill was to discourage Texas cities from declaring that they were a sanctuary for people who were in the United States without authorization.  The bill also contained certain penalties if a Texas city decided to become a so called "santuary city" anyway. The original bill did not address or have any provision in the bill that addressed bail.  The original bill can be reviewed by CLICKING HERE .  The bill garnered a lot of debate in the Senate.  The version of the bill that passed the Senate was a much larger bill that it was originally.  But the final Senate engrossed version of the bill still did not have any provision that impacted bail.  You can see the version of the bill that passed the Senate by CLICKING HERE .   When SB4 reached the House it was amended in committee to include the following language:  SECTION 4.01.  Article 17.16, Code of Criminal P

HB 1005 Goes Into Effect September 1- Are You Ready?

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I.     Introduction HB 1005 was a bill filed by Representative Leman.  The bill addresses the conditions for defendants charged with certain crimes.   II.     Crimes To Which Bill Applies These crimes involve the following:     an offense under 20A.02 of the Texas Penal Code (Trafficking of Persons);     an offense under 20A.03 of the Texas Penal Code (Continuous Trafficking of Persons);     an offense under 43.02 of the Texas Penal Code (Public Indecency);     an offense under 43.03 of the Texas Penal Code (Promotion of Prostitution);     an offense under 43.031 of the Texas Penal Code (Online Promotion of Prostitution);     an offense under 43.04 of the Texas Penal Code (Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution);     a n offense under 43.041 of the Texas Penal Code (Online Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution); and      an offense under 43.05 of the Texas Penal Code (Compelling Prostitution). III.     Bills Requires Magistrate to Impose Certain Conditions When Defendant is Admitted to B

Violent Crime is Up in Our Urban Cites Across the Country, Finding Answers

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Bad bail reform is causing crime to increase across the country!
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 HB 20 will be voted on the floor of the House today.  Please go to our call to action page to send an email to every House member asking them to vote no on HB 20. To learn more CLICK HERE. To go to the call to action page directly CLICK HERE .