January 14, 2016      4:48 PM
Bail bond reform may be a lasting legacy of Sandra Bland's death
But the bail bond industry pushes back on increased PR bonds, noting failure to appear could result in a demand to put up the full bond amount
unnecessary death of Sandra Bland in
County Jail last summer has now put the reform of bail bonds in focus
as a key criminal justice issue ahead of the next legislative session.
month, a Waller County grand jury declined
to indict those involved in Bland’s arrest and
incarceration, either at the jail or in her widely publicized traffic stop near
View A&M University campus in July.
of Public Safety trooper who arrested Bland subsequently was fired
after being indicted for perjury in connection with the traffic stop.
put blame for Bland’s death on her inability to quickly
find the $500 for her bond, extending her stay in the county jail into the
following week, when she took her life. What Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, sees is a woman
charged with a traffic stop who should have been in and out of the county jail
within 18 hours of being booked.
By Kimberly Reeves