1,700 suspected of violating court orders, probation
By KEVIN JOHNSON USA TODAY Copyright 2006 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Texas authorities are urging Louisiana to issue arrest warrants for hundreds of felons who are suspected of violating conditions of their probation or parole by remaining in Texas nearly a year after fleeing Hurricane Katrina.
The Texas attorney general's office, saying the issue is a threat to public safety, has sent Louisiana the names of more than 1,700 felons who either have failed to keep in touch with Louisiana officials or who have ignored court orders to return to Louisiana. Among the offenders are 104 who represent a particular risk to the public, says Angela Hale, spokeswoman for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.