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Misdemeanors could be spared jail time. (KXAN)

APD nips arrest policy to address jail overcrowding. (Austin Chronicle)

APD begins "Cite and Release" Program. (YNN)

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What you can do to get Cite and Release in your Community.

The first step is to contact your local Sheriff, Police Chief and District Attorney and ask if the Cite and Release option is being used. If not, ask why not ? If they don’t understand the benefits the policy offers, then the next thing to do is to go to their boss, which is the County ommissioner’s Court or City Council and ask them why the policy is not being implemented.

You can also write a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper or blog to explain the case and call for action.

Call us at (512)441-4099 and we will arrange to come to your town to meet with your Sheriff, Police Chief, District Attorney and Judges in an effort to advance our cause.

How can My Community Implement Cite and Release?

Despite the tremendous benefits, most law enforcement agencies in Texas have chosen to not implement Cite and Release due to a variety of reasons from even being unaware of the option to petty jurisdictional squabbles which prevent the creation of the infrastructure needed to implement the policy.

Only Travis, Hays, Navarro and Palo Pinto counties, along with the cities of Austin and San Marcos have implemented the policy giving officers an option and even in these places use of cite and release has been sporadic and arbitrary.

Potential Cost Savings

(based on City figures as shown in report linked on www.keepaustinsafe.org):

Officer time: $195.30 per arrest

Fingerprinting and ID: $11.10 per arrest

Report Review: $14.64

Booking Services: $104.35

Cost of Magistration: $17.45

City Marshall Transportation; Support Staff, Equipment, Supplies; Incarceration (which includes Travis Co. staff time): $??

Health/mental health costs: $??

PARTIAL COST of an ARREST: $342.92 + unknowns that possibly double that amount x potentially 15-16,000 unnecessary arrests not made in a year can save $5-10 million.