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Legislators discuss releasing some nonviolent prisoners

Posted on March 2nd, 2011 No Comments

During the new legislative session, members of the Texas Congress have had to consider several ways to make up for the state’s budget deficit of $15 billion.  One way legislators have come up with is to release some nonviolent prisoners from the state’s jails.  Individuals most likely to be released would be nonviolent immigrants being held on parole and old or sick inmates.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, there are approximately 12,000 foreign nationals being held in state prisons.  In addition, the department says that around 3,000 of those being held are held for nonviolent drug crimes, are on parole and would most likely be deported after release.

Legislators expect that releasing nonviolent prisoners could save the state $54 million annually.

If you or someone you know has a criminal charge on their record that they would like to have removed, contact the Houston expunction and nondisclosure attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-222-0400 to learn more about your rights.