With Automatic Release For Misdemeanor Cases, Travis County Takes A Step Toward Bail Reform
People arrested for misdemeanors in Travis County will no longer have to pay cash to be released from jail, under an order released Thursday by county judges.
The move could effectively eliminate cash-based bail for misdemeanors in the county, though criminal justice advocates worry it's a half-measure – and that defendants could still be held in jail before a trial.
There are exceptions to the new order, the story explained:
The order from the judges, who preside over class A and B misdemeanor cases, doesn't apply to some offenses, including cases of assault, violations of protective orders, repeat DWI offenses and instances in which a defendant is currently on probation or parole.