Rodney Ellis should thank Republicans for pro-safety bail reform
A miracle happened last month at Harris County Commissioners Court: Democrats and Republicans agreed on something related to criminal justice.
In a unanimous vote, the court called for the Bail Bond Board to enforce the 10 percent minimum for cash bail. This move is intended to prevent criminal defendants from skirting high bond requirements, which are set by judges in an attempt to protect public safety. Several bail bond companies were caught cutting deals and allowing defendants to pay extremely low deposits — 1 percent in some cases — for their freedom. This “freedom for sale” system subverts the decisions of judges and, unintentionally, exposes the problem of a public safety policy that relies on ability to pay.