A miracle happened last month in Harris County Commissioners Court: Democrats and Republicans agreed on something related to criminal justice.
In a unanimous vote, the court called on the Bail Bond Board to enforce the 10% minimum for a cash bond. The move is intended to prevent defendants from circumventing high bail requirements, which are set by judges in an effort to protect public safety. Several bond companies have been caught making deals and allowing defendants to pay extremely low bail – 1% in some cases – for their release. This system of “freedom for sale” subverts the decisions of judges and, unwittingly, poses the problem of a public security policy that relies on the ability to pay.