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House Committee on Corrections - 75th R.S. (1997)

Committee Members
Allen Hightower, Chair
Ray Allen, Vice Chair
Clyde Alexander
Al Edwards
Jessica Farrar
Patricia Gray
Suzanna Gratia Hupp
Kenny Marchant
Gilbert Serna
• Study options for responding to the projected growth in the adult and youth inmate populations, to include construction of conventional beds, contract capacity, other types of permanent and temporary housing, and alternatives to incarceration.
• Assess the effects of the 1995 legislation to curb frivolous inmate lawsuits.
• Study traditional prison industries, including ways to expand useful inmate labor without creating unfair competition with private businesses or job and wage dislocations in the private sector.
• Review the employment practices, security measures, and other operations of county jails, municipal and county jails, and privately operated municipal and county jails housing inmates convicted of offenses in other states. Identify any particular problems associated with private operations or with acceptance of inmates for pay. (Joint with House Committee on County Affairs)
• Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.

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