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AI-11764 3.J.       
Meeting Date: 03/11/2020  
FY2020 Indigent Defense Grant Award
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Information
RECOMMENDATION
Receive a Statement of Grant Award from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for the FY2020 Formula Grant Program.
BACKGROUND
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 (formerly Task Force on Indigent Defense) 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 website).   The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (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.  Total allocations to date total $4,211,526.
DISCUSSION
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 October 30,2019, the Commissioners Court adopted a resolution authorizing the submission of this grant application.  The County received notification of a grant award in the amount of $277,929 for the period of 10/01/2019 to 09/30/2020.  There is no match required for this grant program. 

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FY20 TIDC Grant Award


    

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