- Reducing criminal justice grants from the Governor's Office to state and local entities, non-profit organizations, and independent school districts for a variety of criminal justice related projects. 56 percentage reduction from all funds ($319 million to $140 million).
- Reducing funds by 15 percent for grants to counties for the indigent defense program.
- Community supervision (adult probation) provides programs and services to offenders who are on probation. 21 percent reduction from all funds.
- Funding for Basic Probation and Community Corrections is distributed to 165 local probation departments around the state in the form of grants. 11 percent reduction from all funds.
- Funding for Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs reduced by 28 percent ($24 million to $17 million). Mandatory JJAEP reimbursement reduced from $79 to $59.
- Funding eliminated for Harris County juvenile boot camp.
The criminal justice system has a lot of moving parts, and spending reductions in one area can easily cause costs to balloon in another. By the same token, the much greater "unfunded mandate" goes in the other direction: Locals decide who goes to prison, but the state pays for their incarceration. This conversation is only just beginning regarding unfunded mandates caused by state criminal justice cuts.