Tuesday, September 14, 2021
From Courthouse News Service, via NACDL's news-of-interest:
Named after a Texas state trooper shot dead during a traffic stop, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill Monday to block those accused of violent crimes from being released from jail without paying bail. Opponents say it discriminates against poor people.
Abbott named bail reform as a priority for the Texas Legislature this year and signed the Damon Allen Act at an event Monday in Houston where Allen’s widow, Kasey Allen, said it will help keep violent criminals like the one who killed him on Thanksgiving Day 2017 off the streets.