Texas Governor Signs Sandra Bland Act Into Law With Major Revisions

The act was stripped of its original language addressing police encounters.

Written by Taryn FinleyTexas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Sandra Bland Act into law Thursday to address the circumstances that led to Bland’s death in July 2015. The new law mandates the county jails channel those with mental health and substance abuse issues to treatment and aims to make it easier for defendants to receive bond if they have a mental illness or disability, according to The Texas Tribune. The Sandra Bland Act also requires officers to receive de-escalation training and agencies...