“The conference committee budget continues Texas’ recent progress in emphasizing cost-effective sanctions and treatment in the community for nonviolent offenders, which has led to an 8 percent decline in the state’s incarceration rate since 2004, and most importantly, an 11 percent drop in the serious crime rate over this period. This budget constitutes a well-deserved vote of confidence for the package of alternatives to new prisons enacted in 2007, which a new TDCJ report conclusively shows is reducing re-offending.
“The conferees’ decision to close the Sugar Land Central Unit is the first prison closure in state history and will save taxpayers more than $50 million.
“By enacting key pending legislation in the next two weeks, Texas lawmakers can do even more to ensure Texas continues to reduce both crime and costs.”
Budget Breakdown: 2010-11 vs. House and Senate Proposals
Community Corrections Programs
Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration (TAIP)
Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities, In-Prison Therapeutic Communities & Treatment Services
Special Needs Projects (TCOOMI)
(28,500 on specialized caseloads)
(21,500 on specialized caseloads)
$40,877,198 (28,500 on specialized caseloads)
Parole System (parole population projected to increase)
Board of Pardons and Paroles
Sugar Land Central Unit Operations Costs
Note: Correctional health care costs are reduced from $929 million in this biennium to $867 million under the conference budget.
Marc A. Levin is Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin. He is a leader of the Foundation’sRight on Crime initiative.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.
Right On Crime website: www.RightOnCrime.com Foundation website: www.TexasPolicy.com
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