March 14, 2017
The Robina Institute is pleased to announce the publication of a new report based on research conducted by the Institute's Probation Revocation Project. The report, Exploring Supervision Fees in Four Jurisdictions in Texas, was written by Research Director Ebony Ruhland; Research Associate Jason Robey; Project Coordinator Ron Corbett; and Robina Co-Director, Professor Kevin R. Reitz.
In 2014, the University of Minnesota’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice began a multi-state study that was tasked with exploring nationwide variations in the practices and policies of probation violations and revocations. A distinctive finding that grew out of the Robina Institute’s work in two Texas counties was that probation supervision fees play a major role throughout the state. Probationers are required as one of 25 standard conditions to pay supervision fees, and—depending on the case—they may have to pay additional program fees, fines, and restitution. Texas probation departments depend on supervision fees for a large share of their operating budgets, and they are responsible for collecting those fees.