WASHINGTON, DC.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of H.R. 2152, Citizens Right To Know.

“Each year, millions of dollars in federal grant money are allocated to state and local pre-trial release programs,” said Congressman Poe. “These programs allow criminals to be released and await trial at home. The reality is that these programs are often overused, releasing dangerous and repeat criminals back into our community with little to no oversight. Once free from the threat of prison, there is nothing to prevent a wrongdoer from committing yet another crime. Citizens Right to Know alters this dangerous practice for pre-trial release programs that use federal funds by requiring record-keeping and reporting on participants, specifically whether the defendants have a history of criminal behavior, whether or not they actually appear for their trial, and whether they have ever failed to appear for trial in prior cases. It’s time for the federal government to end the taxpayer-funded bailout of hardened criminals.”