By: Whitmire S.B. No. 2190
 
 
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the confinement of juveniles in certain facilities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 203.018, Human Resources Code, is
  amended as follows:
         (a)  The department shall develop specialized programs for
  children with a determinate sentence and children committed under
  Section 54.04013, Family Code.  The programs must ensure safety and
  security for committed children and provide developmentally
  appropriate program strategies.
         (b)  The department shall establish performance-based goals
  related to improved outcomes that:
               (1)  must include measures to reduce recidivism; and
               (2)  shall include other well-being outcome measures.
         (c)  The department shall use case review strategies to
  identify children in department facilities who can safely and
  appropriately be transferred to alternative local placements or
  halfway houses, placed on parole, or discharged from the
  department.
         (d)  The department shall study and report to the board on
  the potential for repurposing existing secure facilities for the
  confinement of children with a determinate sentence or children
  committed under Section 54.04013, Family Code, or for other
  purposes.
         (e)     The department or any local probation department may not
  use or contract with a facility that was constructed or previously
  used for the confinement of adult offenders.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.