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Based on the analysis of the Office of Court Administration, Department of Criminal Justice,and Board of Pardons and Paroles, duties and responsibilities associated with implementing the provisions of the bill could be accomplished by utilizing existing resources.
Local Government Impact: The Office of Court Administration estimates there may be a positive fiscal impact to the county depending on the number of inmates in a county jail currently held for these reasons; however, no significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated. According to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the average cost for an inmate in a county jail is $60.01 per day.
HB 4007 would authorize a magistrate of the county in which the person is held in custody to release the person on bond pending a hearing if the person is arrested or held in custody only on a charge that the person committed an administrative violation of release or violated a condition of release by committing a new offense for which the person is eligible for release on bond, other than an offense against the person or robbery or an offense involving family violence.
HB 4007 would entitle a county that confines in the county jail an inmate or person arrested only on a charge that the inmate or person has committed an administrative violation of a condition of release to receive compensation from the state for medical or other special needs expenses incurred during any day the inmate or person is confined in the county jail and other costs of confinement incurred by the county beginning on the 16th day the inmate or person is confined in the county jail. The county would need to promptly inform the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that such an person is confined in the jail.
HB 4007 seeks to require the comptroller to issue to the commissioners court of the county a warrant in an amount computed for the preceding fiscal quarter for all inmates or persons confined.