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The House Committee on Corrections

84th Legislature

February 9, 2016

9:30 a.m.



Pursuant to a notice posted on January 12, 2016, the House Committee on Corrections met in a public hearing and was called to order by the chair, Representative Murphy, at 9:38 a.m.


The initial quorum call was answered as follows: Representatives Murphy; White, James; Allen; Keough; Krause; and Schubert.


A quorum was present.



The committee considered the following charges:


Study incarceration rates for non-violent drug offenses and the cost to the state associated with those offenses.  Identify alternatives to incarceration, including community supervision, that could be used to reduce incarceration rates of non-violent drug offenders.


Study inmate release policies of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, including the release of inmates directly from administrative segregation.  Identify best practices and policies for the transitioning of these various inmate populations from the prison to appropriate supervision in the community.  Identify any needed legislative changes necessary to accomplish these goals.


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


(Representative White, James in chair.)


(Representative Murphy in chair.)


(Representative White, James in chair.)


At 2:54 p.m., on the motion of the chair and without objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair.




Rep. Murphy, Chair




Laurie McAnally, Clerk