A tough sell

Houston Chronicle - - FROM THE COVER -

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

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