Commissioners extend deadline for report on adult corrections

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to grant a 45-day extension to an upcoming report on Travis County’s adult corrections system. The report is prepared by a collaborative group comprising Justice Planning, Health and Human Services, and the Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioners passed a resolution on June 15 to lead the report, in response to public backlash against a spending plan for the county jail reorganization. At the time, advocates called on the county to spend the money – which was part of a $ 600 million master plan – on diversion, preventative measures and social programs.

“Our original deadline was August 15th, which meant we should have brought this report back to you today. Due to a series of extenuating circumstances and a timeline, we are requesting an extension so that we can ensure we are providing you with the best possible product, ”said Christy Moffett, Acting Director of Economic Development and Strategic Investments.

Moffett asked if the deadline could be extended to September 30.

Commissioner Margaret Gómez moved to approve the extension and Commissioner Ann Howard seconded the motion.

“We are in budget season and we have the federal funds to invest in the community… whether it’s adding skill restoration beds or more mental health services in the community,” Howard said. , calling on the court to consider releasing the US bailout. Fund Act for this purpose.

Commissioner Jeffrey Travillion stressed that the organization Moffett works with is not fully staffed and offered to help him, “whether internally or externally” to make effective policy decisions. He also made some suggestions about the report, calling for it to present the information as separate tasks with goals that can be clearly assigned to specific groups to accomplish.

“What I really want to see is a project plan. What exactly are we looking for? What is the problem that we are trying to solve? And what are the resources that we put in to solve this problem? Travillion went on to mention the concerns expressed by the public at the June 15 meeting.

“I think I heard from the community that they were not interested in seeing a lot of different programs inside, and that they were much more interested in seeing programs outside,” Travillion told the commissioners. .

County Judge Andy Brown proposed that the related deadlines also be extended by 45 days. “Maybe we could make it a friendly amendment, just so we don’t get crowded, and so Christy has plenty of time to do it; can we say that all other deadlines are also extended by 45 days? “

The motion was carried unanimously.

Editor’s Note: Andy Brown is a board member of the Capital of Texas Media Foundation, the parent nonprofit of the Austin Monitor.

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