Briefcase: Bail System Changes

Guest: Sandra Guerra Thompson


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Harris County's bail system has recently undergone major changes. Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson is the Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center and explains the differences.

"The 2018 midterm elections made sweeping changes to the judiciary," Professor Thompson said. "The newly-elected criminal court judges have ended the practice of holding people charged with low-level offenses in jail simply because they cannot afford to pay for a bail bond while they await trial."

Thompson says the changes also mean something for all residents of Harris County. "This will reduce the jail population, save taxpayer money, and enable people who are accused, but not convicted, to keep their lives intact while their cases go through the court system," she said.

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