Crime does more than cause trauma to its victims. There are also significant economic repercussions, costs which are paid by all of the taxpayers in Hunt County.

A group of local business and government leaders will receiving a briefing concerning those costs during next meeting of the Hunt County Alliance For Economic Development. “Crime Doesn’t Pay: It Costs! The current economic impact of crime in Hunt County” is the theme for the luncheon session of the Alliance, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, inside the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 Highway 69 South.

Judge Andy Bench of the Hunt County Court-at-Law No. 1 and Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks are the guest speakers for the event.

The cost of crime goes far beyond just paying for the police officers and sheriff’s deputies who make the arrests and investigations. There are the expenses involved with housing, clothing and feeding the hundreds of prisoners at the Hunt County Jail, the costs of providing defense attorneys for the indigent offenders and expenditures connected to transporting prisoners.

There are additional costs associated with conducting trials in major cases. In the event of a capital murder trial lasting two or more weeks, those costs can rise into hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially in death penalty capital murder case and the lengthy appeals process. There are four inmates currently incarcerated at the Hunt County Jail indicted on charges of capital murder, two of whom are facing a potential death sentence if convicted of the charge.

Cost for the Alliance luncheon is $10 per person, payable at the door. Those attending the meeting are asked to RSVP by July 27 by calling Sylvia at 903-455-9885.

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