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Relating to grants for the development and operation of pretrial intervention programs for defendants who are the primary caretaker of a child.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1374 would allow the community justice assistance division to award certain grants to a department for the development and operation of a pretrial intervention program for defendants who are pregnant at the time of their placement in the program or are the primary caretaker of a child younger than 18 years of age.
Texas Action supports HB 1374 because it advances the principles of limited government and personal responsibility. The bill allows parents to be held accountable for their crimes in other ways than incarceration. This allows them the opportunity to take personal responsibility for their actions while still continuing to take care of and support their children. This will help families stay intact and reduce recidivism rates.