For sure cuts in the proposed bill…
- About 550 layoffs: $4.6 million
- Canceled treatment facility: $12 million
- Not replacing equipment: $7.1 million
- Improved information technology practices: $3.9 million
- Cut unused treatment program funding: $3.7 million
- Staffers’ housing: Correctional officers are also being charged at least 20 percent of fair market value for prison housing. Some housing had been free.
Some cuts still on the table are…
- Close the Central Prison Unit near Sugar Land.
- Raise employee health insurance costs.
- Cut education and vocational programs for inmates.
- Reduce substance abuse and mental health programs.
- Charge inmates with money in commissary accounts $100 a year for health care.
- Reduce prison release “pocket money” from $100 to $50.
- Charge inmates for over-the-counter medications such as aspirin.
- Charge correctional officers when they eat more than two meals per shift in the prison chow hall.
In closing, those who are interesting in keeping up with the Texas correctional system, I recommend following the Grits for Breakfast blog. This blog talks about the Texas criminal justice system at an interesting angle while sharing important information through articles and other websites.