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In Texas’s busiest county, acquitted criminals on several criminal charges have killed 156 people since 2018, according to victims’ advocates, who have criticized the hostage reform because some people have been charged with violence and only to be forcibly released back into the street. – to upset.

In Harris County, Houston, the state’s largest city, 113 defendants have been charged with murder and have been released on bail, Rania Mankarious, director general of the Houston Penitentiary, told Acesparks. The group tracks statistics during changes in bond policy.

In particular, the public security agency monitors cases against suspects on several criminal charges, including bond confiscation and bonds for those released in exchange for an identity card (PR). PR bonds do not require cash to get out of jail, but do include restrictions such as GPS monitoring or drug testing.

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“We’ve seen really violent, violent ordinary criminals being released without bail or ridiculously low bail, and we said,‘ That’s going to lead to destruction, ’” Mankarious said. “This is the epicenter of mortgage reform.”

Harris County’s bailout practice changed after officials settled a lawsuit that stopped demanding cash or large sums of money from many people accused of offenses to get out of jail. However, some judges have used such a policy in hard cases, Mankarious said.

One of the suspects released on charges of violent crimes is Andrew Williams. He is accused of killing 71-year-old Martha Medina on September 23, 2021, during a robbery in front of a McDonald’s restaurant in Houston. It is alleged that Williams stole Madina’s wallet and hit her with his car as he was taking off into the air.

He was on bail in 2019 for a capital murder charge and an aggravated assault in Harris County at the time.

“What if a single murder case isn’t enough to keep someone behind bars?” Adrian Medina, Madina’s son, told Acesparks. “You dropped the wolf and the wolf does what the wolf did, and that’s not good.”

She is still seeking justice for the grandmother of four children.

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Martha Medina, 71, was released from several prisons in Harris County, Texas when a suspect abducted her and hit her with his car.

On Dec. 20, Liga City police on the outskirts of Houston announced the arrest of another murder suspect in Harris County. Devan Jordon, 21, is said to have followed Jeffrey Johnson and his wife home from a restaurant in the Galleria area on June 11 and shot and killed him during the robbery.

He was being held hostage on charges in Harris County, including murder charges in another case. He is currently being held in a Galveston County jail on $ 1 million bail.

Rosalie Cook, an 80-year-old grandmother of six, died when she was stabbed in 2020 after buying a greeting card at the Walgreens king lot. Randy Lewis, 38, a suspect in her death, was shot dead by police.

He was arrested 67 times and had two IDs at the time of the murder.

“Randy Lewis should never have been released. Now an innocent woman has been killed. Everyone deserves good. It’s an absolute shame,” the Houston Police Department wrote at the time.

In Houston, the city ended 2021 with 473 homicides, up nearly 20 percent from last year.

State Sen. Joan Huffman, a Republican and former Harris County attorney, introduced legislation early last year that requires those convicted or previously convicted of violent crimes to place cash bonds to get out of pre-trial detention.

Acesparks contacted his office, the office of Harris County Attorney Kim Ogg, and several groups advocating for bail reform.

In September, Governor Greg Abbott signed a law requiring those accused of violent crimes to deposit cash to obtain PR bonds to effectively get out of cashless liberty.

Some attorneys see bail reform as a way to prevent discrimination against poor defendants, who can sometimes remain in prison for low-level crimes because they are unable to bail.

Harris County Criminal Justice Center

“Some believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty of criminal justice reform and therefore no one should be detained,” Mankarious said. “We just want the absurdity to end and restore criminal justice that makes sense and puts the victim and society first.”

To prevent violent crime in Harris County, Judge Linda Hidalgo proposed a $ 50 million initiative to improve public safety by improving infrastructure. The Clean Streets Safe Neighbors Initiative will revitalize neighborhoods by removing dilapidated buildings, adding street lights, and making other investments in areas most affected by crime.

“Often dilapidated buildings, dark streets, dangerous and abandoned structures serve as incubators for crime and armed violence,” Hildalgo said in an announcement in October.

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