HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
DATE: To begin 30 minutes after adjournment of 10:30 AM joint-hearing
The Committee will meet to hear testimony on the following interim charges only. The charges may be considered in a different sequence designated by the Chair and not necessarily in the following order:
Interim Charge #3: Examine the current Texas criminal justice system policies and practices regarding 17- to 25- year-olds, specific to probation, parole, state jail confinement, and discharge from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or county jail. Review any gaps in services that may be causing this population to recidivate. Make recommendations to improve the state's response to the needs of this population in order to lower revocation, re-arrest, and re-incarceration rates.
Interim Charge #6: Study policies and protocols within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Examine when protocols are implemented and their efficacy in protecting the health and safety of inmates and state employees.
Interim Charge #7: Review assessments used by the Board of Pardons and Paroles and parole panels to determine an inmate's risk of recidivism for purposes of granting parole and the use of GPS technology to monitor offenders.
Interim Charge #8: Monitor Texas prison system heat-related litigation currently making its way through the courts. Monitor Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) compliance within Texas state and county criminal
Interim Charge #9: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature.
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