Police implement revised "cite and release" policy

October 31, 2018

On Nov. 1, the Austin Police Department will implement a new "cite and release” policy

Before, the department had 11 factors that qualify for arrests. They've trimmed that list down to four factors, meaning there are now fewer reasons to arrest someone. The four remaining factors include an imminent threat to public safety and severely disorderly conduct.  

"It's important for police to exercise their citation option to make sure people aren’t unnecessarily brought into the justice system, especially for things that the public at large does not consider public safety concerns,” said Chris Harris, data analyst for Grassroots Leadership.

The changes were a result of several stakeholder groups meeting with the department.