January 8, 2016
Suggested citation: Mariel Alper and Ebony Ruhland, Robina Inst. of Criminal Law & Criminal Justice, Bell County, Texas in Probation Revocation and Its Causes: Profiles of State and Local Jurisdictions (2015).
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This profile describes the structure and operations of probation in one county in Texas. It presents the perspectives of the individuals who participate in the county's probation system and how they navigate issues surrounding probation violations and revocations. The picture it paints is one of a complex system, tasked with ensuring that those under supervision abide by a lengthy list of conditions and remain crime-free, all while working within the realities of probationers' daily lives. Though many of the probationers had limited financial means, the probation system in Bell County—and across the state—is largelyfunded by probationers' fees, turning probation officers into "bill collectors" to finance the system and burdening the probationers who already struggle with financial instability.