In Harris County, Texas, a group of Democratic judges have advanced bail reform with no regard to the safety of the community and are “making decisions that sound better to movements as opposed to citizens” says Houston attorney Charles Adams.
As a result, suspects who have been released due to this policy have killed 155 people in the county. Data was gathered by Crimes Stoppers of Houston. KRIV-TV reporter Greg Googan publicized the troubling data.
Googan shared that “in Harris County, no fewer than 113 defendants charged with capital murder have been inexplicably granted bond and released back onto our streets pending trial.” Specifically, “we are talking about capital murder – the most egregious offense in the criminal code – a conviction for which carries either life imprisonment or the death penalty” added Googan.
“In all, more than 50,000 accused felons have benefited from the catch-and-release philosophy of criminal justice perpetrated by the current crop of Democratic reform judges” he added.
Houston attorney Charles Adams says the judges new bond policies are an overreaction to past policies that at times resulted in nonviolent offenders sitting in jail as they waited for their trial dates.
But they have gone too far, and are “making decisions that sound better to movements as opposed to citizens” said Adams. But the detrimental consequences of policies imposed by Democrat judges are not just happening in Harris County.
The Blaze reports:
The revelation from Harris County comes as progressive jurisdictions around the country enact low cash bail or zero-bail measures in an effort to provide justice for the accused. The policies have, in turn, endangered communities.
Just last month in Waukesha, Wisconsin, an accused criminal released on bond reportedly went on to drive his vehicle into a crowd of people gathered for a Christmas parade, killing five and injuring at least 40 more. The district attorney later acknowledged that the suspect, Darrell Brooks Jr., had been released on “inappropriately low” bail.
The problem has been particularly pronounced in Harris County, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when judges began approving extremely low bonds to reduce the prison population. But even as the pandemic waned, the practice continued, alongside soaring crime.