Prison Officials: Thousands of Jobs at Stake With Budget Cuts

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas - Prison officials in Texas are warning that a 10 percent budget cut recommended by state leaders will cost thousands of jobs in the nation's largest prison system and have an impact on public safety.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said at a prison board meeting Thursday that they planned to pursue a full proposal of more than $6 billion for the two-year budget cycle in 2014-15.

Gov. Rick Perry and others have asked state agencies to offer contingency plans with 10 percent cuts. Corrections agency Executive Director Brad Livingston says he's optimistic he can make a case for a full budget request when Texas lawmakers convene in January.

Corrections officials say a 10 percent cut would eliminate 4,800 jobs, the majority of them corrections officers.

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