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State of Texas
Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds
News Release
Friday, July 21, 2017

Reynolds Files HB211 Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Jordan Baker. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. There are blatant problems with the criminal justice system, and many of you have demanded change. I want change as well.

I am proud to announce the filing of House Bill 211, which would require the appointment of a special prosecutor when there is an officer-involved injury or death.

The special prosecutor, appointed by the Attorney General, would be from a different area than that which is served by the officer. Texas needs an independent, impartial, specially appointed prosecutor to handle these most sensitive incidents. Fostering trust in the criminal justice system is a worthy reason to change procedure.

We should not be afraid or reluctant to explore new ways of administering justice. The system may never be perfect, but it is nevertheless worthwhile to strive toward that goal. The intent of HB 211 is to take a positive step toward a better criminal justice system in Texas.

Your voices were heard at the rallies, panel discussions, and town halls. This legislation is the next step in the fight. Please urge your representatives to support HB 211, and let us ensure that the lives lost were not in vain.

Finding Real Solutions for All Texans is our focus of the Special Session. Our Governor and Lt. Governor are proposing controversial and divisive policies that lead us down a dangerous path of discrimination and division. I will continue to work with my colleagues to make Texas safer and stronger through criminal justice reforms and sensible policies to bring accountability and strengthen community trust.

Ron Reynolds represents Texas House District 27, which encompasses communities of Fort Bend County. Representative Reynolds currently serves as a member of the House Committees on Elections and Environmental Regulations.

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