After COVID-19 was confirmed in several Texas jail populations last week, including the Dallas County Jail, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a proclamation Sunday making it harder for some inmates to be freed on no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.
Several cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest, as well a handful of cases now confirmed in state prisons. The spread of the virus was followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.