By: Eckels H.B. No. 1018 72S40014 GWK-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to community justice councils monitoring programs provided 1-3 by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Section 3(b), Article 42.131, Code of Criminal 1-6 Procedure, is amended to read as follows: 1-7 (b) A community justice council must be established by the 1-8 district judge or judges in each jurisdiction served by a 1-9 department, unless a board or council exists in the community on 1-10 September 1, 1991, that performs duties substantially similar to 1-11 those imposed on a community justice council under this section. 1-12 The council shall provide continuing policy guidance and direction 1-13 for the development of criminal justice plans and community 1-14 corrections facilities and programs and shall monitor programs 1-15 provided inmates and releasees by the Texas Department of Criminal 1-16 Justice, including sex offender and substance abuse treatment 1-17 programs and education and job training programs. A council should 1-18 consist of the following persons or their designees: 1-19 (1) a sheriff of a county to be served by the 1-20 department, chosen by the sheriffs of the counties to be served by 1-21 the department; 1-22 (2) a county commissioner or a county judge from a 1-23 county to be served by the department, chosen by the county 1-24 commissioners and county judges of the counties to be served by the 2-1 department; 2-2 (3) a city council member of the most populous 2-3 municipality in a county to be served by the department, chosen by 2-4 the members of the city councils of cities to be served by the 2-5 department; 2-6 (4) not more than two state legislators elected from a 2-7 county to be served by the department, chosen by the state 2-8 legislators elected from the counties to be served by the 2-9 department; 2-10 (5) the presiding judge from a judicial district to be 2-11 served by the department, chosen by the district judges from the 2-12 judicial districts to be served by the department; 2-13 (6) a judge of a statutory county court exercising 2-14 criminal jurisdiction in a county to be served by the department, 2-15 to be chosen by the judges of statutory county courts with criminal 2-16 jurisdiction in the counties to be served by the department; 2-17 (7) a county attorney with criminal jurisdiction from 2-18 a county to be served by the department, chosen by the county 2-19 attorneys with criminal jurisdiction from the counties to be served 2-20 by the department; 2-21 (8) a district attorney or criminal district attorney 2-22 from a judicial district to be served by the department, chosen by 2-23 the district attorneys or criminal district attorneys from the 2-24 judicial districts to be served by the department; and 2-25 (9) an elected member of the board of trustees of an 2-26 independent school district in a county to be served by the 2-27 department, chosen by the members of the boards of trustees of 3-1 independent school districts located in counties to be served by 3-2 the department. 3-3 SECTION 2. Chapter 492, Government Code, is amended by 3-4 adding Section 492.015 to read as follows: 3-5 Sec. 492.015. CONSULTATION WITH COMMUNITY JUSTICE COUNCILS. 3-6 The board shall provide community justice councils established 3-7 under Section 3(b), Article 42.131, Code of Criminal Procedure, an 3-8 opportunity to monitor programs provided inmates and releasees by 3-9 the department, including sex offender and substance abuse 3-10 treatment programs and education and job training programs. The 3-11 board shall consider recommendations made by community justice 3-12 councils in decisions affecting department programs. 3-13 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 3-14 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 3-15 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 3-16 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 3-17 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 3-18 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 3-19 passage, and it is so enacted.