If you don’t think elections matter, you really aren’t paying attention to new Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and her attempts to turn Harris County into a sanctuary for criminals. After Republican judges and officeholders were swept out of office last year, the incoming Democrats want to make Harris County the model for coddling criminals. Seriously.
A proposed settlement in the landmark Harris County bail lawsuit would significantly change how the county treats poor defendants in misdemeanor cases by providing free social and transportation services and relaxing penalties for missed court dates.
The draft deal includes a number of reforms aimed at ensuring poor defendants arrive for court hearings and are not unfairly pressured into guilty pleas. They would, among other changes: require Harris County to provide free child care at courthouses, develop a two-way communication system between courts and defendants, give cell phones to poor defendants and pay for public transit or ride share services for defendants without access to transportation to court.
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Free childcare, free cell phones, free Uber rides. Aren’t criminals special? Well, to the Democrats that run the county, I guess they are. Elsewhere in the article, we learn that judges will no longer have power to set court dates without the criminals consent. Special.
But, we might be better off than those good citizens of Dallas County. Their newly elected District Attorney isn’t going to prosecute theft under $750 if the criminal says he needs it.
Creuzot says he’ll decline to prosecute theft of personal items worth less than $750 unless the theft was for financial gain. He says he’s in the process of dismissing all misdemeanor marijuana cases filed before he took office with a few exceptions including those where a deadly weapon was used. And he’ll stop prosecuting most first-time marijuana offenses and some misdemeanors that he believes often stem from poverty.
To which Gov. Greg Abbott responded:
I like that first reply because that is exactly what will happen. And then the media will blame Republicans for creating food deserts in poor areas.
The world has gone mad. At least in areas controlled by Democrats.