West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections

Director Magdalena Morales-Aina

800 E. Overland
Suite 100
El Paso, Texas 79901-2516
Phone (915) 546-8120
Fax (915) 546-8130
WestTexasCSCD
@epcounty.com

West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department

  • In the News
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  • Local news Tuesday, October 25, 2005
  • Probationers trade service for donations
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  • Ken Flynn
  • El Paso Times
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  • Carmen Esparza inhaled deeply to steady her composure Sunday morning as she spoke about her son, David Esparza.
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  • "It's still very fresh," she said
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  • Her 19-year-old son was killed last July by an allegedly drunken driver. His mother carried a sign with a large photo of David, and also wore his photo on her shirt and a large button as she and about 40 family members joined together for the fifth annual Crime Victims Memorial Walk, which drew about 2,000 El Pasoans to Ascarate Park. "I want to feel that comfort that other parents feel the same," Carmen Esparza said. "It makes me feel better that all these people are feeling the same pain I am.
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  • We all want justice." Donna Villareal, a member of the Crime Victims Rights Council of El Paso, said the event is intended to keep alive the memory of those who have died as a result of crimes. "There's so much crime, and everyone concentrates on the criminals, but we need to remember the victims," she said.
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  • The names of 940 El Paso crime victims lined the walkway at Ascarate Park, and photos of dozens of these victims smiled out from a temporary wall dedicated to them at the event. "It's creating a sense of unity," Erika Esparza, David Esparza's sister, said. "We're all coping." The mood of the event was festive yet somber as those present laughed at memories of their loved ones or choked back tears.
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  • "I'm here for him. My presence for him is all that matters," said Karen Scott, who wore a T-shirt with a photo of her cousin, Gregory Jesus Flores, who was stabbed to death in January 2005, and whose killer has not been caught. Flores' mother, Yolanda Flores, was bolstered by the approximately 25 family members who attended with her to support her and honor her son. "We want justice for my son," Yolanda Flores said. Her brother, Ricardo Flores, stood at her side.
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  • "This is a good event because a lot of people feel left out. We all have gone through something horrific and we're not alone," he said. The feeling was echoed again and again by family and friends of those who died as a result of violence, drunken driving, domestic abuse or other crimes. "It gives you the feeling you're not alone," said Isela Martinez, cousin of Richard Holguin, who died last June after the intoxicated driver of the car he was riding in struck a pole at Castellano Drive.
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  • About the Program
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  • Criminal offenders who have been assigned to probation must complete a designated number of community service hours as part of their conditions of probation.
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  • Hours assigned range from 80 per offender for minor infractions to as many as 1,000 hours for convicted felons.
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  • The West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department, also known as adult probation, operates three main programs at 60 sites around the county, usually on Saturdays. The projects include cleaning of Concordia Cemetery, the Graffiti Wipeout program and the Downtown management district -- the cleanup of major streets and alleys Downtown.
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  • Information: Sonia Islas, 533-3434.