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What you need to know about Republican Prop 9

Posted at 5:05 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 06:05:38-05

As the Texas Primary begins, 25 News wants you to be informed on what is on the ballot.

Republican voters will be choosing yes or no on 10 Primary ballot propositions.

You are not voting to make a law but merely saying YES you agree or NO you do not agree with the statement. This is a chance for voters to give input on 10 issues the Republican Party has placed on the ballot.

Q: What is Republican Proposition 9?

A: Proposition 9 asks if: Bail in Texas should be based only on a person’s danger to society and risk of flight, not that person’s ability to pay.

Q: What does that mean?

A: Voting "Yes" means you think bail should only be based on how much much danger that person is to society.

Bail is a legal mechanism to ensure that people charged with crimes show up to their court hearings. The most common type is money bail, where judicial officers set a bond amount, based on the alleged crime, that an arrestee must pay in order to be released from jail before trial, according to the Texas Tribune. In recent years, civil rights lawyers and criminal justice reform advocates have targeted the cash bail system. Counties and states have turned away from bail systems reliant on cash and moved toward release decisions based on a defendant’s evaluated risk of posing a danger to society or skipping court.