The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence

87th Legislature

October 21, 2022

10:00 a.m.

E2.010

 

Pursuant to a notice posted on October 14, 2022, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence met in a public hearing and was called to order by the chair, Representative Collier, at 10:08 a.m.

 

The initial quorum call was answered as follows: Representatives Collier; Bell, Keith; Hinojosa; and Johnson, Ann.

 

A quorum was present for the sole purpose of taking testimony, pursuant to Rule 4, Section 16A.

 

(Representative Cook participating virtually, pursuant to Rule 4, Section 16A.)


 

 

The Committee heard invited and public testimony on the following charge:

 

Study Texas' reentry and integration programs and make recommendations for reducing employment barriers for certain people with a criminal record. Review the length of time certain criminal offenses remain on a defendantís record and consider the impact of expanding the offenses that qualify for an order of non-disclosure. Evaluate the financial and administrative barriers in the petitioning process for record-clearing relief.

 

Testimony taken/registration recorded.† (See attached witness list.)

 

The Committee heard invited testimony on the following charge:

 

Study the availability of victim services, including community-based trauma recovery, housing and relocation assistance, employment protections, and other services that help victims recover and stay safe following a violent crime. The study should include an evaluation of the processes for nongovernmental organizations to apply for and receive victim services grant funding. Make recommendations for streamlining the grant administration process and improving access to community-based services in neighborhoods with the highest rates of crime and for victims of violent crimes.

 

Testimony taken/registration recorded.† (See attached witness list.)

 

At 3:52 p.m., on the motion of the chair and without objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair.

 

 

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Rep. Collier, Chair

 

 

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Miles Wilson, Clerk