Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) speaks before signing bail bill requiring people accused of violent crimes to put up cash to get out of jail:

“We need better parenting … We need to restore God in our communities. If we do that, we will be able to reduce crime in this region.”
Read more about the bail bill, via @TexasTribune:…
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) blames “erosion in family values” and “increasing disrespect for law enforcement” for rise in violent crime.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) slams “Democrat socialist judges” who “believe in letting people out of jail, as opposed to keeping people in jail.”

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