HOUSTON (AP) - Texas prison administrators are submitting plans to comply with a proposed 5 percent budget cut, but are warning of increased recidivism and a jump in the inmate population if their agency doesn't get an exemption.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston is releasing the proposed reductions Tuesday in a letter to the governor's office and the Legislative Budget Board.
Gov. Rick Perry and other state leaders asked all state agencies to propose budget reductions of 5 percent to deal with a projected state budget shortfall as high as $16 billion next year.
Livingston says his agency will trim more than $50 million if exemptions are granted. Otherwise, he says the cuts will total more than $294 million. That includes cutting about 3,100 jobs.
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