NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice

TIME & DATE:  1:30PM, Wednesday, March 22, 2000

PLACE: E1.016

CHAIR: Senator Kenneth Armbrister


I.   Call to Order
II.  Roll Call
III. Invited / Public Testimony on the Following Charges:

Review the need for legal procedures and programs for children under
the age of 10 who commit violent crimes so that they may receive
necessary treatment and sanctions as part of the juvenile justice
system (except for placement in the Texas Youth Commission) or a newly
created separate system.  The Committee shall consider whether a
system, similar to the adult certification process for certain
juvenile offenders, should be established that would certify a person
under 10 years of age into the juvenile justice system.

Review the statutory purpose of all adult and juvenile correctional
facilities, whether state, locally or privately owned or operated, to
recommend any needed changes in the statutory description or purpose.
The review shall include facilities that are considered alternatives
to incarceration or that are used for geriatric care.  The Committee
shall consider whether state jails are adequately managed, if adequate
sanctions are available for confinees who fail to participate in
programming or who cause disciplinary problems, and how to ensure
effective rehabilitation programs in facilities.

The Committee shall review efforts by the Commission on Jail Standards,
the Juvenile Probation Commission, and the Youth Commission to monitor
compliance with statues and regulations designed to ensure the the
safety of security personnel and offenders.  The Committee shall
determine if current compliance measures and monitoring are adequate.
Also, a review of employment standards and adequate background checks
shall be conducted to ensure safe operations of facilities and
programs.  The Committee also may consider methods used to employ and
retain effective security personnel in adult and juvenile facilties
operated by the Department of Criminal Justice and the Youth Commission

IV.  Other Business
V.   Adjourn / Recess