Bail reform dies in Austin, so local officials should act
Before we turn our attention to the demise of bail reform in Austin this session, take a moment to remember Jack Ule.
Homeless and schizophrenic, Ule died in the Bexar County Jail in April. His crime? Technically, the charge was criminal trespass, but his real offense was sitting in University Hospital’s lobby and watching TV after being discharged. For this, he was jailed. A $500 bond would have gotten him out. It might as well have been $5 million.