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Bexar County District Attorney credits the success of the Cite and Release program

WOAI San Antonio logo WOAI San Antonio 7/30/2022 SBG San Antonio Staff Reports
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SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales is touting the success rate of the "Cite and Release" program, implemented three years ago.

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Gonzales says more than six thousand people have been cited for non-violent misdemeanors instead of being arrested since it started. He says it's saved the county more than four-point-seven-million dollars in booking costs.

The program also helps offenders get the resources they need to avoid being re-arrested.

"We will also, in speaking with them, and learning about them, and their needs, we can connect them with resources here at the re-entry center. It could be mental health treatment; it could be parenting classes. It could be they need a job,” said dr. Norma Greenfield-Laborde.

The district attorney stressed how the Cite-and-Release program does not let offenders get away with breaking the law, rather, it seeks to teach and re-direct them instead of defaulting to jail time.

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