Texas legislators are focusing their efforts on reforming the state justice system. One of the biggest concerns is reforming the bond system so that those charged with violent crimes are unable to get out on bond. This call for reform is no surprise for many residents due to the news story of a state trooper reportedly being killed by an individual out on bail.
Stopping at second offenses
Lawmakers are also focusing on people who were accused of a crime and then committed another offense while they were out on bond. Lawmakers believe that a person who has committed a second crime on bail should no longer be given the option to go out on bail for a second time. The way the justice system is currently set up in Texas allows for these individuals to go out on bond after a second, third or even fourth offense.
A look from the prisoners’ perspective
Criminal defense lawyers throughout Texas are advocating for their clients to avoid harsh bond restrictions. They’ve noted the fact that when a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they may not be able to afford to pay their bail. These individuals who are unable to pay bail could find themselves behind bars for a period of two months to two years before they get to have their trial. For these accused individuals, that is a large chunk of their lives behind bars before ever getting to plead their case or be formally convicted in a court of law.
Time will tell whether or not Texas laws become stricter regarding bonds and second offenses. An individual accused of a crime who has questions about their hearing or other aspects of the law may want to reach out to a defense attorney.