Generation in Crisis: Taylor County DA approved to hire prosecutor for influx of CPS cases

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - The number of child protective services cases in Taylor County has nearly doubled in the last four years and that's putting a strain on the already swamped Taylor County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Jim Hicks is hoping he can find a solution.

"We've had an enormous growth in just January of this year alone," Hick said. "In January this year alone, we've already filed 30 cases."

Hicks has three full time prosecutors working these cases. He's hoping to hire one more.

"As I told the county commissioners, they're not going to be able to work until 7, 8 o'clock at night. Every night. They're drowning and they need a little bit of help," explained Hicks.

He went before the Taylor County Commissioners earlier this month to try and get approval for a new hire.

It's something he says is needed because he feels the number of CPS cases are only increasing.

"In 2017, we had six out of 12 months that had over 30 cases filed every month," he added. "It's just gone crazy."

Hicks blames the increased use of Methamphetamine but also says other drugs and sometimes physical abuse is involved in removing children from homes. 

County commissioners approved the DA's office to look for a new prosecutor who will solely work CPS cases.


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