Prior to the cite and release program, people who commit certain crimes would be arrested and taken to jail. That would cost the jail about $81 a day per inmate to house and also take an officer out of service for a non-violent crime.
The misdemeanors that fall under the cite and release program are: Possession of marijuana or a controlled substance, criminal mischief, graffiti, possession of contraband in a correctional facility and theft.
If you’re given a ticket, you’ll be required to appear in court at a later date and that’s when the District Attorney’s office will decide how to handle your case.
For more information on the program, visit: http://www.nuecesco.com/courts/district-attorney/cite-and-release-program