AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice Senior Policy Analyst Greg Glod issued the following statement on Texas Senate Bill 1424 and House Bill 2640, which would reform the Texas grand jury system.
“These bills would bring much needed reform to right size our grand jury system,” said Glod. “Grand juries were initially placed in our Constitution as a safeguard against overzealous government action. Today, we have seen the grand jury system’s power tilt towards prosecutors, providing little protection for those accused of crimes at this integral stage in the criminal justice system. These reforms are a common sense approach that will allow prosecutors to continue to do their jobs and protect our neighborhoods from criminals while providing protections to citizens from an overbearing government.”
The bills, introduced by Senator Dawn Buckingham and Representative Senfronia Thompson in their respective chambers, would: