A bill to overhaul the Texas probation system needs only the governor’s signature after winning near-unanimous state Senate approval yesterday, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The proposal is intended to shorten probationary terms for many offenders while ensuring closer supervision for those who remain on probation.
At a maximum of 10 years, probation terms in Texas rank among the nation’s longest. The bill would shorten the initial term to five years for all but the most serious offenses. Lawmakers hope strengthening the probation system will ease the pressure on prisons, which are nearly full.