Harris County Bail Bond Board Meets 10% Bail Minimum Requirement

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — The Harris County Bail Bond Board has approved a new rule requiring bondsmen to accept at least 10% of a person’s bail before that person is released from prison.

This comes weeks after the board rejected the same proposal because members questioned whether they had the legal authority to pass it.

On Wednesday, the family of Diamond Alvarez, the teenager who died after her boyfriend allegedly shot her 22 times, said it was a step in the right direction. The Alvarez family had been demanding justice for the murdered teenager, even more so after learning that their accused killer, Frank DeLeon Jr., was allowed to post $250,000 bail and walk out of jail on Jan. 19.

“We are very happy that this motion (Wednesday) was passed. It’s been hectic since January until (Wednesday). Diamond (Alvarez), Mom, we’re gonna make it. Justice for DJ, justice for Ashanti, justice for Arlene Alvarez, justice for everyone in Houston,” said Diamond’s aunt, Bianca Mejia.

The bail voted on by the board applies only to the most violent or egregious crimes, such as murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, human trafficking, attempted murder, aggravated burglary, continued abuse of a family member, and more.

The aim is to ensure that repeat offenders do not have an opportunity to band together.

FIEL Houston, representing many of the victims’ families, said they are willing to go the distance and will fight any lawsuit or opposition.


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