Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Announces $209,461 to Atascosa and Morris Counties To Enhance Public Safety

Tuesday, May 01, 2007  •  Press Release

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has awarded $209,461 to Atascosa and Morris counties for equipment upgrades to enhance public safety and county jail services. These grants are awarded under the state County Essential Services Program and are administered by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).

“These grants will help vital county services run more efficiently and effectively, allow local officials to better protect their communities and citizens,” Perry said.

The County Essential Services Program provides financial assistance to counties for important public services including law enforcement, jail and court services, and reimbursement of extraordinary costs incurred for the investigation or prosecution of capital murder or crimes committed because of bias or prejudice.

Each year, CJD awards more than $113 million in grants for a variety of juvenile justice, criminal justice and victim services programs.

The awards include:


  • $53,461 to Atascosa County to purchase a new telephone system to improve communication with citizens during emergency and non-emergency situations. Funds will also be used to purchase a van to transport inmates to and from the county jail.
  • $156,000 to Morris County to purchase a new control board and intercom system for the county jail to improve staff security and communication.
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