The bail system in Harris County, where Houston is located, had been deemed unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal following a 2016 lawsuit alleging poor misdemeanor defendants stayed behind bars because of poverty.
BREAKING: U.S. District Judge Rosenthal has given final approval on our historic Harris County bail consent decree.— Harris County Judge (@HarrisCoJudge) November 22, 2019
I’m proud to preside over a County that is leading the nation in making our criminal justice system smarter, fairer, & more cost effective! #bailreform
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In an opinion issued Thursday, Rosenthal wrote the settlement - announced in July - will help stop the county from "systematically depriving indigent misdemeanor defendants of their constitutionally-protected rights by detaining them simply because they cannot afford to post money bail."
Some law enforcement officials argued the settlement doesn't do enough to ensure the safety of the public and crime victims.
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Ted Oberg's tweet on bail settlement from July 2019
Harris County’s bail reform settlement set to be approved this morning. It is expected to cost taxpayers somewhere between $55 and $97 MILLION over seven years... a detail that’s been missing from the discussion until this morning ... hours before vote at Commissioner’s Court. pic.twitter.com/p3QkQBUDpa— Ted Oberg (@TedABC13) July 30, 2019