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Commissioners Court - Regular
Acceptance of FY13 Indigent Defense Grant Award
Monica Reyes, Grants Department
Discuss and consider the acceptance of a grant award for the FY 2013 Formula Grant Program of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
The 77th Texas Legislature, through the passage of the Fair Defense Act, established the blueprint for meaningful interaction between State and local government through the creation of the first state body to administer statewide appropriations and policies. In exchange for State fiscal assistance, the local judiciary is required to report its plan for delivering indigent defense services. The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) publishes these local plans on its website for all to view. The law also requires local county auditors to annually report county expenditures pertaining to criminal indigent defense services (also published on the Task Force website). The TIDC serves as a standing committee of the Texas Judicial Council and is composed of eight ex officio members and five members appointed by the Governor. Nueces County has been receiving these funds since the program’s inception in 2003. Funds received from 2003 to 2012 total $1,606,164.
The mission of TIDC is to improve the delivery of indigent defense services through fiscal assistance, accountability and professional support to State, local judicial, county, and municipal officials. The purpose of the TIDC is to promote justice and fairness to all indigent persons accused of criminal conduct, including juvenile respondents, as provided by the laws and constitutions of the United States and Texas.
On November 16, 2012, the Court approved a resolution authorizing the submission of this grant application. The County recently received notification of a grant award in the amount of $282,754. There is no cash match required for this grant program.
Information about available funds
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Account Code(s) for Available Funds
Indigent Defense Statement of Grant Award - FY2013 Formula Grant
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