Budget cuts could hit Texas prison DWI programs
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Senate Criminal Justice Committee chairman
John Whitmire has reviewed the case of John Patrick Barton after
learning of a wreck that left two people dead.
The Houston legislator says he was dismayed that Barton
"skated" while in prison, incarcerated twice and not receiving
treatment for alcohol addiction.
Whitmire raised concerns Tuesday that prison treatment programs
could be cut as Texas faces a projected budget shortfall as high as
Barton was on parole after his third drunken-driving conviction
when authorities say his vehicle hit a car Sunday in Lewisville.
The crash killed Kandace Hull and her 13-year-old daughter, Autumn
Barton, who initially was arrested for intoxication
manslaughter, faces two murder counts and was in the Lewisville
city jail Wednesday.
Gov. Rick Perry had ordered state agencies to identify possible
5 percent budget cuts. The prison system is seeking an exemption
for treatment programs.