Austin, Texas

                           FISCAL NOTE
                       74th Regular Session

                          April 21, 1995

 TO:     Honorable John Whitmire, Chair         IN RE: Committee Substitute
         Committee on Criminal Justice          for
         Senate                                                House Bill
         Austin, Texas                          No. 327

FROM: John Keel, Director

In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on House Bill No.
327 (relating to the juvenile justice system, including the
adjudication and disposition of children; providing for civil and
criminal penalties) this office has determined the following:

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal
basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions
of the bill.

This bill would amend Title 3 of the Family Code and Chapter 61
of the Human Resources Code by:

*    Requiring law enforcement records of juvenile offenders be
sent to a central state depository.

*     Allowing each juvenile probation department to implement a
progressive sanctions program under the direction of the Texas
Juvenile       Probation Department.

*      Expanding the sentenced juvenile offender statute to
include new offenses.

*     Lowering the minimum age for certification and transfer to
adult court.

*     Allowing the fingerprinting and photographing of juveniles
referred to juvenile court for certain offenses.    

*     Requiring the Texas Youth Commission to accept mentally
retarded delinquents in appropriate correctional facilities.
*     Authorizing the Texas Youth Commission to operate or
contract for youth boot camp programs for certain juvenile

*      Establishing early youth intervention services for certain
at-risk youth.

*      Establishing an industries program and the Texas Youth
Commission industries program fund in the state treasury.

The cost of implementing the progressive sanctions model would
depend on the decision of each individual juvenile probation
department and therefore cannot be determined.  Cost estimates
for the Texas Youth Commission assumes the commission will
convert a number of units currently operated by the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice into juvenile facilities.

House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, contains $4 million
for implementing the juvenile justice database and tracking

The Criminal Justice Policy Council is given additional juvenile
justice program evaluation duties.

The probable fiscal implication of implementing the provisions of
the bill during each of the first  five years following passage
is estimated as follows:

            Fiscal   Probable Cost          Probable        Probable Costs   
             Year        Out of           Construction      for Debt Service 
                    General Revenue    Costs From General      out of the    
                        Fund 001        Obligation Bonds        General      
                                                           Revenue Fund 001  
          1996             $8,241,719          $8,841,208            $442,060
          1997             23,988,896                                 884,120
          1998             40,100,336           4,420,604           1,105,150
          1999             49,843,681                               1,326,180
          2000             57,067,063                               1,326,180
            Fiscal  Probable Cost        Change in   
             Year       Out of        Number of State
                       Federal        Employees from 
                      Funds 555           FY 1995    
          1996            $9,600,000             51.0
          1997            13,800,000             56.0
          1998            14,009,915            268.0
          1999            14,279,957            505.0
          2000            14,649,498            743.0
       Similar annual fiscal implications would continue as long as the
provisions of the bill are in effect.    

The fiscal implication to units of local government cannot be

Source:   Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Policy 
Council, Texas Department
                          of Mental Health and Mental
Retardation, Juvenile Probation Commission,
                          Youth Commission, Department of
Criminal Justice, Department of Protective
                          and Regulatory Services
          LBB Staff: JK, BP, RT, RR