[FISCAL NOTES — LINE ITEMS] Reinventing Probation in Harris County

Texas Comptroller

Reforms Reduce Recidivism and Foster Turnarounds
Reinventing Probation in Harris County

  Industrial radiographer Steven Serrano standing near a pipeline transfer station in Katy.

Since completing Harris County’s innovative probation program, Steven Serrano now works for a North Texas-based oil and gas pipeline inspection company.

Teresa May has never met Steven Serrano, but she very well may have saved his life.

As director of the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD), May helped develop an innovative approach to drug cases that, in turn, gave Serrano the opportunity to become drug-free and gainfully employed. Serrano’s experience is an example of a government program reducing costs while boosting the economy by helping offenders re-enter the workforce.

Read more about the Harris County CSCD and its impact on Harris County state jail felons in the latest Line Items article from Fiscal Notes.