APD Starts Using Cite-and-Release Law

The Austin Police Department began using the new cite-and-release law this past Sunday, which allows law enforcement to issue tickets rather than automatically arrest people for certain jailable misdemeanor offenses, including theft, theft of service, criminal mischief, graffiti, driving with an invalid license and possession of marijuana. The Travis County Sheriff has been using the law for over a year with good results. To read more, see the Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and KVUE News coverage.

3/18/09 Update.  APD has declared it’s use of the new cite-and-release law a success, according to KVUE News.

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