Beginning September 29, 2020, Houston police have the authority to cite-and-release instead of making arrests on certain low-level offenses. Modeled after similar programs in other jurisdictions where misdemeanor violations receive tickets rather than a trip to jail, police officials believe the program could cut down on thousands of arrests. While attempting to decrease the amount of people in the Harris County justice system is admirable, these citations should still not be taken lightly. There are still consequences to your criminal record and the policy of issuing citations is not mandatory….

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