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Monday, January 23, 2012

Another idea to ease jail overcrowding - stop arresting people for misdemeanor marijuana possession

Kerr County sheriff deputies and Kerrville Police Department officers' standard operating procedure with people charged with possession of small amounts of marijuana is to arrest them and take them to jail. The legislature amended the law in 2007 to give the officer discretion to issue a citation like giving traffic ticket and let the defendant go (Code of Criminal Pro. Art. 14.06).

Another idea for the county commissioners to consider.

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