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Smith County sheriff mandates policy changes

from KLTV-TV

Pursuant to Texas Criminal Code, Article 17.151, within 90 days, a defendant accused of a felony and detained in jail pending trial of an accusation against him must be released either on personal bond or by reducing the amount of bail required, if the state is not ready for trial of the criminal action for which the defendant is being detained. In such a case, a judge makes the determination of personal bond or reduced bail, but does not dismiss the charges for which the defendant was jailed.

In July of 2014, several Smith County Sheriff's Office cases were not filed in a timely manner. As a result, Sheriff Larry Smith tasked his Criminal Investigation Division Command Staff to develop a plan to ensure that cases were filed timely. A plan was subsequently developed that mandated cases be filed with the District Attorney's Office within a reasonable time in order for them to be indicted within ninety days. This plan was approved by Smith and worked as designed until March of 2015. more


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