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There would be cost savings to counties due to reduced jail populations.
The savings to a county would depend on the number of individuals given a summons under the provisions of the bill. Harris County reported an estimate of 60 inmates of the county jail population would qualify for a summons under the bill.The county estimated a savings of $1.62 million in fiscal year 2016.
According to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the average cost for an inmate in a county jail is $60.01 per day.
HB 710 would allow low-level offenders on parole or mandatory supervision to be summoned to a hearing rather than be placed under arrest for a technical violation of their parole or for certain misdemeanor offenses unconnected to the original violation for which they were placed on community supervision, provided that the new violation is alleged to have occurred more than one year after first being placed on community supervision.