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Bail Reform

Gov. Abbott Proposes Bail Reform After Death Of Trooper

Aug 7, 2018
Will Burney / KWBU

Governor Greg Abbott has his sights set on bail reform during the upcoming legislative session.

Abbott held a news conference Tuesday at the Texas Department of Public Safety in Waco to propose the Damon Allen Act, named for a state trooper who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in 2017.

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After an arrest, the accused may be held in jail unless they can afford to post bail.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Eight inmates in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center who were unable to afford bond or bail are being released with the help of the Texas Organizing Project.


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  • DACA recipients oppose¬†deal on border wall (15:38)
  • Border Colonia¬†residents live in extreme poverty (20:46)