CORPUS CHRISTI — Proposed funding cuts by state legislators have Nueces County probation officials and others worried it could mean the end of diversion programs, leave judges fewer punishment options and burden probation officers with higher caseloads.
It’s unclear how deep the cuts will be for the county’s community supervision and corrections department.
One proposal in the House would have cut about 22 percent from the department’s budget during the next two years. That likely would kill the six diversion court programs along with the department’s specialized caseloads.
It also would mean probation officers wouldn’t have much time for fieldwork like checking on interlock devices for DWI offenders, curfew checks and keeping tabs on sex offenders on probation. …..MORE