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The Hidalgo County Community Supervision and Corrections Department was recognized by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice last week for their “extraordinary efforts in the supervision field” in assisting the state agency's Community Justice Assistance Division with the completion and collection of 282 pilot assessments. This was part of a statewide effort in which several counties were asked to volunteer in gathering preliminary data for validation of a new statewide probation assessment instrument that will be implemented later this year.
Not only was the Hidalgo County Community Supervision and Corrections Department able to successfully gather a total of 4% of the 7,500 assessments distributed throughout the state, but because of their precise and timely reports, as well as being the first in the state to collect all the data before August, they have been asked by the state to assist other counties who were not able to complete all their assessments.
Director of the Hidalgo County Adult Probation Department Mr. Arnold Patrick and Hon. Rose G. Reyna, 206th District Court Judge, were given the news of the recognition last week at the annual Judicial Advisory Committee Meeting wherein Judge Reyna presides as Vice-Chair. They were elated by the news and are proud that the Hidalgo County Community Supervision and Corrections Department was asked to continue working with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in assisting other counties as they continue to gather their final assessments.