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House Committee on Corrections - 81st R.S. (2009)

Committee Members
Jim McReynolds, Chair
Jerry Madden, Vice Chair
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Kirk England
Terri Hodge
Eric Johnson
Lois W. Kolkhorst
Marisa Márquez
Armando Martinez
Sid Miller
Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.
Ralph Sheffield
Charges
• Examine implementation of the diversion pilot programs, juvenile case management system, and other policy and funding initiatives to determine whether the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the Texas Youth Commission have adhered to legislative directive in implementing these programs, and the impact of these programs on commitments at the Texas Youth Commission. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Appropriations
• Study and evaluate the availability and efficiency of community-based corrections supervision and treatment programs and their impact on prison capacity and recidivism rates. Determine whether the supervision and treatment programs have been designed in accordance with evidence-based practices and whether adequate evaluation methods have been incorporated.
• Study current re-entry programs and procedures across the juvenile and adult criminal justice continuum. Make recommendations to ensure that offenders who are released or discharged have the necessary supervision and access to employment, housing, treatment, and other support programs to allow successful entry and integration into the community. Evaluate the working relationship between state agencies facilitating re-entry and make recommendations on how to achieve greater efficiency and cost savings.
• Examine policies and programs designed to identify, divert, and enhance the supervision and treatment of special needs offenders within local jails and state correctional facilities. Recommend changes to address appropriate alternatives to incarceration or institutionalization.
• Review the range of services provided to females in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems and recommend changes to ensure responsiveness to gender-specific issues. Review should include institutional and community supervision programs and utilization of correctional facilities that house nonadjudicated populations.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Note:
Eric Johnson appointed by Speaker 6/17/2010 (Letter, Speaker Joe Straus, 6/17/2010).

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