In many respects, Texas has already turned blue. The criminal justice system in large Texas cities is now more pro-criminal at the expense of public safety than blue states were just a few years ago. The latest example is Bexar County’s obsession with letting out violent felons without bail.
An investigative report by KSAT 12 in San Antonio found that from June to September, “close to 2,600 defendants were interviewed by pretrial services staff for a possible personal recognizance (PR) bond.” KSAT reports, “Among the dozens of defendants who were interviewed and then quickly released on PR bonds included suspects charged with injury to a child, assault of a public servant and arson.”
While PR bonds are usually reserved for first-time, nonviolent offenders, KSAT found people who were released after being charged with murder and aggravated sexual assault. The investigation further found that the concerning trend began under former District Attorney Nico LaHood and continues today under DA Joe Gonzales. The number of PR bonds issued nearly doubled from 117 in 2015 to 228 in 2018.
Then, even those who are not let out on PR bonds are often released after posting very low bail, despite the severity of the charge. Xavier Moreno Cardoza and Delfino Rojas Jr. were arrested this week in Bexar County for drugging and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. They even admitted to touching her while she was unconscious, yet Cardoza’s bail was set at $50,000 and Rojas’ at $10,000. Rojas has already posted bail and was released, according to Bexar County jail records.
This has also been a big problem in Houston. Last week, two cops were killed by two separate repeat violent offenders. One of them, Dewayne Henderson, had a history of bragging about posting small sums of money for bail, despite charges in three separate counties. Yet, even though he was charged with capital murder for killing a female sergeant, he was offered low bail.