"AUSTIN, TX — Community leaders on Friday urged top Travis County officials to halt plans on building a new women's jail and instead focus on implementing recommendations to reduce incarceration rates.
The letter delivered Friday by representatives of nine community groups suggested county officials implement three policy changes aimed at reducing the county jail population:
- Decriminalize all offenses that are eligible for cite-and-release measures.
- Reevaluate prosecution of state jail felonies.
- Invest in community alternatives to arrest for offenders with mental health issues and substance use disorders."