A program being dubbed ‘cite and release’ is now in effect in Bexar County.
District Attorney Nico LaHood announced Wednesday morning that those charged with certain low-level misdemeanors will stay out of jail, according to the Express-News.
This includes people found with a small amount of marijuana.
The program was announced last year and it was intended to be implemented by the end of last year.
Instead, it was enacted Wednesday.
A state law passed in 2007 allows local communities to implement these alternative penalty programs. In this case, some offenders can take a class and do community service instead of going to jail.