Texas governor eliminates jail time as punishment for violating shutdown orders
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced jail time will no longer be a punishment for violating executive orders related to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a news release sent by the governor's office, Abbott modified his executive orders to eliminate confinement as punishment for violating the orders.
In a statement, Abbott said:
“Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen,” said Governor Abbott. “That is why I am modifying my executive orders to ensure confinement is not a punishment for violating an order. This order is retroactive to April 2nd, supersedes local orders and if correctly applied should free Shelley Luther. It may also ensure that other Texans like Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata who were arrested in Laredo, should not be subject to confinement. As some county judges advocate for releasing hardened criminals from jail to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is absurd to have these business owners take their place."