Texas prison administrators want budget cut exemption
POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 1:55pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:22am
HOUSTON (AP) - Texas prison administrators are submitting plans
to comply with a proposed 5 percent budget cut, but are warning of
increased recidivism and a jump in the inmate population if their
agency doesn't get an exemption.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad
Livingston is releasing the proposed reductions Tuesday in a letter
to the governor's office and the Legislative Budget Board.
Gov. Rick Perry and other state leaders asked all state agencies
to propose budget reductions of 5 percent to deal with a projected
state budget shortfall as high as $16 billion next year.
Livingston says his agency will trim more than $50 million if
exemptions are granted. Otherwise, he says the cuts will total more
than $294 million. That includes cutting about 3,100 jobs.