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Archive for the ‘Probation’ Category

Criminal Law and Immigration Law Policies

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The Harris County District Attorney’s office is looking at a new policy that would require individuals to swear under oath that they are in the country legally before being able to take advantage of a plea bargain for probation.  The Houston Chronicle reports that this policy, while not currently in effect, is being considered in an effort curb Houston’s problem with illegal immigrants.  The policy is at odds with some state laws which REQUIRES probation for certain first time drug offenders.

Travis County Probation Office Onto Something?

Monday, March 30th, 2009

The number one rule of any community supervision, or “probation,” is: Don’t Break the Law.  If an individual breaks the law while on probation, they are subject to being sentenced on the original case AND the new offense.  The Austin American-Statesman writes that Travis County has instituted a program that some say has caused a drop in the crime rate for those on probation.  One of the approaches:

“For probationers considered at high risk of committing a new crime, for example, the department has beefed up the number of classes that seek to teach them how to adjust their thinking and moral judgment.

For low-risk offenders, the department has minimized the number of visits required with probation officers, citing research that shows that saddling small-time offenders with too many obligations could increase their chances of winding up in prison.”