Hidalgo and Garcia propose increased funding to tackle violent crime, improve prisons and the criminal justice system


HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioner Adrian Garcia hold a press conference Monday to discuss the county administrator’s budget proposal for the short fiscal year 2022 and the upcoming full fiscal year 2023.

The county administrator’s budget for FY23 includes nearly $1.4 billion for justice and security programs without requiring a tax rate increase. This includes funding for increased prison staff, health care and technology, additional violent crime-focused investigators, prosecutors and patrol officers, and new investments in reducing disparities within the system. of criminal justice.

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Over the past several years, the Harris County Court of Commissioners has steadily increased the budgets of every law enforcement agency in the county, including the Mounties and the District Attorney. This includes millions of dollars to support law enforcement as they focus on the most violent crimes by approving additional overtime funding for detectives in violent crimes, adult special crimes and of child abuse from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The county has improved information sharing, expedited investigations, and targeted investigations into repeat offenders and organized criminal activity in known hotspots. Additionally, unused public safety funds have been identified and reinvested to address recent increases in violent gun crime.

The event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Watch the live stream in the video player above.

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