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Relating to the administration of a veterans treatment court program.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2481 would allow a court to transfer responsibility for supervising a defendant placed on deferred adjudication community supervision under a veterans court treatment program to a county nearer to where the defendant lives or works. This is to prevent a person from having to travel a significant distance to comply with supervision requirements if they work or live in a county far from where they committed an offense.
Texas Action supports HB 2481 because it promotes limited government and personal responsibility. These specialized courts increase access to mental health treatment and help reduce recidivism, thereby decreasing future costs to the state to incarcerate these individuals. Deferred adjudication community supervision for first time low-level nonviolent offenses is also much preferred to a record of conviction, which could hinder the individual from obtaining future employment.