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Jun 4 5 tweets 1 min read
Our HCSO jail is full. Harris County law enforcement does a great job of proactive policing, but offenders must be tried swiftly and prosecuted to the fullest. If found guilty, they need to be sent to prison quickly, sending a message that persons will be held accountable. 1/5
Also freeing space for other offenders to be incarcerated Long delays only keeps our local jail full, which operationally isn’t sustainable. We have limited capacity resulting in us having to temporarily outsource defendants to other jails, but that is not a long-term fix. 2/5
Court dockets need to move faster. I support being flexible w some non-violent/non-person defendants that pose no apparent threat to the community, but let’s also draw the line with serious, violent, repeat offenders, they need to stay in jail period. Everyone deserves their 3/5
day in court, but let’s make it timely. Crime victims need to have closure, and offenders need to know that criminality is not acceptable. In most instances, the longer it takes to prosecute someone, the less likely it is to have a successful prosecution. Plus, for those 4/5
serious offenders that exit jail on a pre-trial basis, either by a PR or cash bond, the longer it takes to get them back to court, anecdotally we know that some are likely to re-offend, only to repeat the cycle all over. 5/5

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