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House Corrections Committee Hearings Thursday

The Texas House Corrections Committee will be holding an interim meeting tomorrow (Thursday, August 20th) to discuss several items. None are specifically about private prisons, but the conversation about Texas State Jails, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's prisons for felonies carrying a sentence of two years or less, should of interest to Texas Prison Bid'ness readers. Here's the information from the Committee's website:

COMMITTEE: Corrections
TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Thursday, August 21, 2008
PLACE: E2.016
CHAIR: Rep. Jerry Madden

The House Committee on Corrections will hear invited and public testimony
on the following interim charges:

1. Explore the use of technology practices that improve efficiency, safety, and coordination of criminal justice activities on the state, local, and county levels.

2. Consider new strategies for meeting prisoner reentry challenges in Texas, including the evaluation of programs with documented success. This review should include the availability of housing and occupational barriers.

3. Provide a comprehensive analysis and study of the Texas state jail system, including original intent for use, sentencing guidelines, and effectiveness. Develop suggestions for changes and improvements in the state jail system.

Scott Hensen over at Grits for Breakfast covers the hearings including a statement from Texas Criminal Justice Coalition about findings regarding prisoner re-entry programs that they will release at tomorrow's hearings.

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