People busted for certain crimes may no longer be headed to jail because of a new program in Bexar County.
County officials are expected to announce the details of the “cite and release” program Wednesday morning.
Lawmakers gave local law enforcement agencies the power to establish these programs back in 2007. Dallas and Houston already have similar programs.
It would allow police to issue citations for people who commit misdemeanor crimes, rather than take them to jail. The crimes under this program could include marijuana possession in small amounts and driving while intoxicated.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico Lahood will present the program Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., along with County Judge Nelson Wolff and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
County officials said the program will help free up jail space. In July, a task force with the Sheriff’s Office and SAPD saw a 36 percent rise in drug arrests and a 61 percent increase in weapons-related crimes.