Monday, September 27, 2021

New Texas law requires cash bail for suspects accused of violent crimes

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law on September 13 that requires cash bail for suspects who have allegedly committed violent crimes.

The measure, Senate Bill 6, was approved in the Texas House and Senate in August, after a delay that triggered dozens of House Democrats fleeing the state to deny Republicans a quorum on a Republican-backed election overhaul bill. had gone.

Known as the Damon Allen Act, the law was named after a Texas state soldier who was killed during a traffic stop by a suspect in 2017 freed on $15,500 bond. The law now mandates that people accused of committing a violent crime cannot be released on personal bond, which does not require the defendant to pay money, but requires other measures such as surveillance.

Suspects believed to be involved in violent crimes will now have to post a court-set cash bail, reads the text of the law. They may also pay a bail bond company a percentage to be released.

“The Damon Allen Act makes it harder for dangerous criminals to be released from prison on bail,” Abbott, a Republican, said on September 13 before signing the bill.

Some cities controlled primarily by Democrats, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, have enacted bail reform laws that have outlawed cash bail. Critics of such measures, including police unions, have said such laws increase violent crime rates in an area.

“The cities of Texas will not follow the lead of Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis; Texas will remain a law-and-order state and will continue to use every tool available to protect Texas,” Abbott said. “That’s why I’m proud to sign the Damon Allen Act into law, which will reform our broken bail system in the Lone Star State.”

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The law will take effect from 2 December. Other measures included in the measure would create a new system for court officials to review a defendant’s criminal history before bail is set.

Before signing the law, Abbott suggested That the overall decline in morality is why crime is on the rise, arguing that Texas needs “better parenting”, and it needs to “restore God in our communities.”

“If we do that, we will be able to reduce crime in the region,” he said.

Democrats and left-wing organizations have largely opposed the measure, saying it would overcrowd prisons.

“SB6 is built on a right-wing frenzy that violates the rights of Texans, not public safety,” Laquita Garcia of the Texas Organizing Project said in a statement. “If implemented, this bill will lead to more overcrowding in prisons and make poverty more criminal in our state.”

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However, the family members of the victims killed by the criminals who were released on personal bond praised the move.

“I am delighted that the Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 6,” Melanie Infinger, mother of Caitlyn Infinger Guajardo, whose estranged husband allegedly murdered her after being released on personal bond, said in a statement to the Texas Tribune. .

When Guajardo was murdered she was pregnant with a child.

Infinger said, “Since the murder of my daughter Caitlyn in 2019, I’ve vowed to do everything possible to save other families from the excruciatingly excruciating pain of losing a loved one, the way I did with my girl and her unborn child. lost the child.”

Jack Phillips

senior reporter

Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

New Texas law requires cash bail for suspects accused of violent crimes
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