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AI- 9507   4. B. 3.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 05/23/2018  
MOA between PPRI/TAMU, District Clerk, & Sheriff
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Public Policy Research Institute, Texas A&M University and Nueces County, Nueces County District Clerk, and Nueces County Sheriff, in relation to the FY2018 Indigent Defense Technical Support Grant/Pre-Trial Assessment Initiative.
BACKGROUND
The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) was created to allow the state courts system to collaborate with local courts and counties to improve indigent defense services available in the counties’ courts. Pursuant to Texas Government Code §79.037, the Commission makes payments, including grants, to counties to provide indigent defense services. On October 25, 2017, the Commissioners Court ratified the execution of a Statement of Grant Award from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for the FY2018 Technical Support Grant/Pre-Trial Assessment Initiative.
DISCUSSION
The pre-trial risk assessment project was created in an effort to improve coordination of indigent defense processes and to reduce unnecessary and costly pre-trial detention. The program consists of two staff positions to be under the supervision of the District Courts and Adult Probation Department, equipment for said staff, and a research component to assess the impact of the program. On April 25, 2018, the Commissioners Court executed an interlocal agreement with Texas A&M University for the performance of statistical analysis in order to satisfy the research component of the grant project. The proposed Memorandum of Agreement will allow the District Clerk and the Sheriff to release criminal and court records required to support the research.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers

Attachments
MOA between PPRI & County

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