A tough sell
Regarding “Overcrowded jail” (Page B13, Sunday), it’s all talk. These judges will never voluntarily substantially increase the use of personal recognizance bonds. They have had 30 years to do that. Judicial claims of sudden epiphanies are false.
The Harris County judiciary got elected on promises of getting tough, not smart on crime. They are not going to get smart; they are going to stay tough to guarantee what’s most important to them: reelection.
Harris County judges will only substantially increase the long overdue use of PR bonds when a federal district court orders them to do so.
In the meantime, the “plea mill” will continue and the poor will pay the price. Hoping the judiciary will do the right thing on this issue, is delusional. Robert J. Fickman, Houston