Cite and release will cost the county just under $20,000 to fund bailiffs and clerks, according to the budget office.
Dallas police accounted for 2,117 of the county’s total 5,106 marijuana possession cases from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. Of those DPD cases, 985 would have been eligible for cite and release.
Supporters of the measure packed the Commissioners Court meeting. They cheered when it passed.
“Cite and release is not about politics, not about process, not about legalization,” said Howie Darter, of the group Faith in Texas. “It’s about how we as a society value a person’s life and not have their life destroyed for making a simple mistake.”