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House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues - 85th R.S. (2017)

Committee Members
Harold V. Dutton, Jr., Chair
Tony Dale, Vice Chair
Kyle Biedermann
Briscoe Cain
Joe Moody
Mike Schofield
Shawn Thierry
• Evaluate the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas juvenile justice system, out-of-home placements, and care for youth involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Recommend any changes that could improve operational stability of state juvenile justice institutions following a natural disaster and changes that would allow for a more effective response.
• Study the issue of adult criminal responsibility for 17-year-olds. Review juvenile justice penalties and sanctions determined by a juvenile's age. Identify best practices in other states relating to juvenile age. Make recommendations regarding penalties and sanctions in the juvenile age population.
• Evaluate the use of telemedicine to improve behavioral health services in the juvenile justice system.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature.

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