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Summary: Under current law, if an individual on parole or probation commits an administrative violation a warrant is issued for the individual's arrest and they are placed in county jail pending a hearing to determine if their parole will be revoked. SB 1522 would require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to issue a summons for a hearing regarding rather than an arrest warrant for certain parolees who are only charged with an administrative violation of release.
Analysis: This legislation could help to relieve some congestion in the criminal justice system and eliminate the cost of jailing people while a hearing is pending for minor administrative parole violations. While it is reasonable to assume this would result in some cost savings, the amount is indeterminate. We are neutral on this legislation.