- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State district court judges based in Travis County have notified municipal judges and justices of the peace that they remain disappointed in decisions to allow dangerous suspects or flight risks to be released from jail without bail.

The state judges said in a Dec. 5 memo that they’re troubled by a number of issues, including that some judges are more lenient than others.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (https://atxne.ws/2hEBkuf ) the concerns have prompted changes that include prohibiting magistrates from modifying release conditions if a defendant has been indicted.

The state judges say in the memo that they’ve repeatedly attempted to address the concerns in the past but that “the problem persists.”

County authorities previously expressed alarm when a stalking suspect gained his release and then killed himself after breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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