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Texas Diversion Funding Correlates with Reduced Crime

| December 10, 2012

Recent Legislatures in Texas have diverted some funding from state lockups to community-based supervision and diversions. Reallocating funding in this way continues to better protect the public safety and reduce crime, as a recent report details.

Even with more felony offenders on community supervision in Texas, revocations are down 2.8 percent in seven years, and technical revocations have decreased 10.9 percent in that time frame, as community supervision departments have been able to increase the quality and breadth of local supervision. Furthermore, more offenders on community supervision have successfully completed those requirements early, and more offenders are gaining access to needed drug treatment, which plays a role in reducing the risk of future criminality.