Harris County commissioners unanimously approved a modified proposal to spend $50 million intended to fight crime by planting trees, cleaning up vacant lots, adding streetlights, and constructing sidewalks.
County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D) and Commissioner Adrian Garcia (D-Pct. 2) announced the proposal at a Tuesday morning press conference during which they acknowledged rising crime but avoided mention of the county’s controversial bail practices.
“All across America violent crime has increased, and sadly Harris County has not been immune to that trend,” said Hidalgo. “It’s no secret what’s driving that crime trend here and across America. It is the economic impact of COVID-19 and of course the gun violence epidemic.”
Hidalgo also stated that since she and Garcia had taken office in 2019, all law enforcement budgets had increased and that the county made investments in innovative programs to reduce crime.