Monday, October 20, 2008

Austin to implement a cite and release policy

Some time ago I wrote about why the police should issue citations with a promise to appear (cite and release) for some minor offenses.  According to this article from the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Police Department will begin implementing just such a plan.  Under the proposal, officers would cite and release citizens accused of driving on a suspended license, possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana; and criminal mischief, graffiti and theft charges when the damage is less than $500.  

I would let you know how the candidates for Harris County District Attorney stand on the issue, but neither has elected to provide answers to my questions.

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