The Texas Commission of Jail Standards has recommended Texas jails work to release non-violent misdemeanor inmates due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter sent to county sheriffs and jail administrators, TCSJ asked administrators explore options for releasing non-violent misdemeanor offenders with their local county/ district attorney.
The McLennan County Jail said they are working to release 29 inmates on personal recognizance bonds. Those being released from the jail include those charged with:
- Failure to identify
- Theft over $100 but under $750
- Driving with an invalid license
- Failure to pay child support
Officials with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office says the move is to mitigate if someone in the jail became infected with COVID-19.
Texas jails have also been tasked to "explore options with local arresting agencies regarding "cite and release" for those who commit non-violent crimes in order to reduce number of individuals booked into the facility."