Texas Prisons Seek Exemption From Most Spending Cuts


Texas’ prison system is asking state leaders to exempt it from most of a proposed 5 percent spending cut, warning that reductions could hurt prison security and make it more likely offenders would relapse into crime, reports the Houston Chronicle. Criminal Justice Department officials identified $294.3 million in cuts, but asked to be exempted from $243.9 million worth of them.

Among those the agency wants to exempt are the elimination of 2,037 correctional officer positions, “resulting in reduced staff levels that could place public safety and the security of our institutions at risk.” The agency has more than 26,300 such positions. Other cuts would reduce parole officers, probation officer positions, academic and vocational training, treatment services, halfway-house placements, and correctional psychiatric care and managed health care.

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