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Violent crime in Houston & the backlash over bond reform & other controversial progressive issues


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Unless all of y'all have been living under rocks, there has been increase of violent crime impacting the Lone Star State's largest city including a rising murder rate inside the City of Houston due to what Houston Crime Stopper's victim advocate Andy Kahn calls "bond pandemic".

 

https://abc13.com/houston-murder-rate-homicide-hpd-update-8121534/

 

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2020/12/09/593466.htm

 

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/texas-news/houston-authorities-target-rise-in-road-rage-amid-pandemic/2500231/

 

https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-houston-accused-murderer-released-from-jail-5-months-later-for-another-murder

 

The weak-kneed progressive criminal court judges as well as the STUPIDITY of radical liberal Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D) have let criminals wreaking havoc on the streets of Houston with the progressive garbage of bond reform, bail reform & other liberal weak on crime garbage. Any thoughts on the violent crime ?

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1 hour ago, Blue Dogs said:

Unless all of y'all have been living under rocks, there has been increase of violent crime impacting the Lone Star State's largest city including a rising murder rate inside the City of Houston due to what Houston Crime Stopper's victim advocate Andy Kahn calls "bond pandemic".

 

https://abc13.com/houston-murder-rate-homicide-hpd-update-8121534/

 

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2020/12/09/593466.htm

 

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/texas-news/houston-authorities-target-rise-in-road-rage-amid-pandemic/2500231/

 

https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-houston-accused-murderer-released-from-jail-5-months-later-for-another-murder

 

The weak-kneed progressive criminal court judges as well as the STUPIDITY of radical liberal Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D) have let criminals wreaking havoc on the streets of Houston with the progressive garbage of bond reform, bail reform & other liberal weak on crime garbage. Any thoughts on the violent crime ?

So, you want all suspects kept in jail with no chance for bail? You seem happy that rich people can make bail while poor people can't. Why do you hate the poor?

 

Hidalgo isn't very radical. She is attempting to change the direction of the County, which has treated poor people like crap for decades by ignoring infrastructure needs in poor areas while spending lots of money in richer areas. She has done a decent job, and doesn't deserve the crap she's getting from the so called conservatives.

 

Bond reform was/is necessary. It's stupid to keep someone in jail before trial simply because they can't afford the bail, which means that bail ought to be set according to the ability to pay. I don't think the poor person who can't make $5,000 bail is more of a threat than the better off person who can make that bail. However, lots of judges are lazy and stupid, and don't want to think. They are also averse to getting "Willie Hortoned" by letting someone out on bond who later commits a crime, so they just lock up all the suspects, except the rich ones. Keeping all of those people in jail cots taxpayer money, and also makes it harder for the suspect to make a living prior to any convictions.

 

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I'd like to see a non-political, legit source that the bond reform is to blame (even partially). The Blaze link is a joke. How many pop-ups can one website have? 

 

If it does, then it needs to change. If it doesn't, and it's just HPD Politics, then the narrative needs to end. Correct me if I'm wrong, isn't the reform for nonviolent misdemeanor cases? To free up the courts and jails for the violent ones? All I've seen is propaganda on FB on this one. Legit news sources cite differently. 

 

Has every city across the country simultaneously reformed theirs as well? Or can we blame the rise in violent crime on the pandemic and economic depression?

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On 3/25/2021 at 1:49 PM, Blue Dogs said:

The fact is violent crime is skyrocketing in Houston.

It's going up in every major city (Robbery & Gun Violence)..

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/02/america-saw-a-historic-rise-in-murders-in-2020-why.html

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/fbi-report-crime-shows-decline-violent-crime-rate-third-consecutive-year

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/06/953254623/massive-1-year-rise-in-homicide-rates-collided-with-the-pandemic-in-2020

And According to this, the Chief of Police said they were hesitant to arrest lower level crimes due to COVID-19, not because of the "weak-kneed progressives".

https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/houston-cracking-down-on-crime-after-city-already-surpasses-40-homicides-this-year/285-9e431a2d-d607-4be6-ba76-ed096860e308

 

 

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Crime Stoppers — along with Acevedo, police unions and local politicians — have been raising concerns about such cases, in which they say the person released has gone on to then commit more serious crimes. Kahan said he started noticing a pattern more than a year ago, before the pandemic.

"In Harris County, there's many people who become victims of violent crime and especially murder by defendants who have been repeatedly released on multiple felony bonds," he said.

But researchers dispute that bail had much to do with the rise in crime. Houston Public Media spoke to three criminal justice experts about what they see as the reasons for the increase in crime in Houston and nationwide. All of them said that bail was not a factor.

"The homicide increase was really across the board encompassing cities that had engaged in bail reform and those that had not," said Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

Rosenfeld co-authored a study for the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice that looked at 34 major cities and found that homicides went up by 30% in 2020.

Rosenfeld attributed the increase to a number of issues surrounding the pandemic, including mental health.

 - https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/criminal-justice/2021/03/16/393606/houston-leaders-grapple-with-continued-rise-in-violent-crime/

In fact, the City has diverted funds to homicide detectives and extra patrols in Hot Spots. So if you can find me a non-politically driven information about the bond reform, I'm all ears. 

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Is there any evidence that Houstonians who would have been "locked up" for property crimes and other misdemeanors have a great attraction to violent felonies?  The original poster's Insurance Journal link cites an uptick in 30 of the 34 largest cities (2019 to 2020).  
 

Here is a good group for statistics:  https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=7046

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