State Restores Grant Money to Juvenile Indigent Program

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The state has decided to restore several thousands of dollars in grant money. It was withheld from Hidalgo County’s Juvenile Indigent Program.

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission announced its decision at a meeting on South Padre Island Wednesday.

Last year, the commission withdrew more than $600,000 it awarded the county for 2016. The decision was based on a non-compliance issue.

The commission cited an uneven distribution of attorneys appointed to juvenile cases.

Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said he is pleased with the decision. He said the money is needed to help the county meet its legal obligations to pay lawyers to defend indigent defendants.