Texas prison system budget cuts stir up concerns

Prison experts are warning that only so much fat can be cut before a relatively peaceful prison system boils up into a dangerous stew of discontent.
State officials are carving as many dollars as possible from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget as they fight to close a $23 billion two-year state shortfall without raising taxes.

Although the full extent of the cuts at TDJC won’t be known for some time, the department has already slashed $40 million from its current budget. This week, the House Corrections Committee listened to ideas to trim almost $14 million more.

Rep. Jerry Madden, chairman of the committee, said he knows the cuts are distasteful to some, but legislators are retaining as many services as they can.  More

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