South Dallas candidates open up on cite and release and affordable housing

January 11, 2017 § 1 Comment

According to this Facebook comment, District 7 candidate Tammy Johnston supports marijuana decriminalization, specifically cite and release, at least in some form or fashion. This is comforting news considering the Councilwoman Tiffini Young voted against the policy along with the other three black council members. District 7 covers the South Dallas region.

Cite and release is not a perfect policy but a preferable and more progressive one that would greatly impact the people in her district and southern Dallas overall. Lew Sterrett jail has a problem keeping their jail daily population low already and decriminalizing marijuana possession will assist in decreasing jail expenses and occupancy. I would love to hear C/w Young explain her opposition to slowing down the Drug War.

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District 7 Councilwoman Tiffini Young

The comment below was response to a WFAA article about Houston’s marijuana laws.

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Speaking of District 7, Kevin Felder is back in the race and was on EcoLatino three days ago discussing the housing woes in Dallas and lack of affordable housing.

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§ One Response to South Dallas candidates open up on cite and release and affordable housing

  • Kevin Felder says:

    I am in favor of cite and release.

    Texas and Dallas are way behind the rest of the country when it comes to decriminalizing marijuana. California, Colorado and Michigan are just a few states that have decriminalzed Marijuana.

    Cite and release will ease the overcrowding burden of our judicial system by allowing
    offenders to pay a fine instead of being arrested and facing jail time.

    Affordable housing is another major issue affecting District 7. Due to a mass influx of people moving to Texas and lack of an affordable housing policy and strategy from the City of Dallas an affordable housing shortage has developed. I have been pushing and challenging the City of Dallas to develop an affordable housing policy and strategy.

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