TX Criminal Justice Coalition prepping for TDCJ Sunset hearing: Are you?

Via email from Ana Correa the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, see details about the upcoming Sunset hearing for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and her group’s diligent preparations:


On June 5th, Texas’ Sunset Advisory Commission will hear testimony in response to its staff report of findings and recommendations related to the state’s criminal justice system.

The Commission’s report – which encompasses the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Windham School District, and the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee – makes various recommendations with which TCJC agrees.

However, we have identified additional options for reform, and we will be presenting various documents to bolster the Commission’s work:

  • A comprehensive report of nearly 90 recommendations spanning corrections, probation, parole, and re-entry.
  • A report of findings from a survey of correctional officers, on areas including employee retention and training, safety, and workplace and incarceration conditions. TCJC partnered with the Texas Chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for this survey.
  • A report of findings from a survey of incarcerated individuals and family members of system-involved individuals, on areas including public oversight, unit administration and staff, safety, conditions of confinement, health, programming, and reentry.

Keep an eye out for a follow-up email with these materials as soon as we release them!   

Sunset Advisory Commission Hearing Information:

DATE:     Tuesday, June 5, 2012
PLACE:    Texas Capitol Building
 Senate Finance Committee Room, Room E1.036, Capitol Extension
TIME:      9:00 a.m.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the hearing agenda.

This hearing puts your correspondent in a bit of a scheduling bind, conflicting with another event I’m supposed to attend at the capitol – a conference on forensic science sponsored by the Forensic Science Commission and the Court of Criminal Appeals’ Criminal Justice Integrity Unit.

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