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House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence - 65th R.S. (1977)

Committee Members
Lynn Nabers, Chair
Bob Hendricks, Vice Chair
Albert 'Al' Brown
Bill Ceverha
Betty Denton
Samuel Hudson III
James E. "Pete" Laney
Cullen Rogers Looney
Bob McFarland
Joe Robbins
Craig A. Washington
Charges
• A study of the provisions in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure whereby indigent defendants are provided with counsel appointed by the Court. Special emphasis shall be placed on the determination of the relative effectiveness of appointed counsel versus retained counsel and the fees paid to appointed attorneys throughout the state as prescribed by the Code of Criminal Procedure.
• A study of the statutes in Texas which provide the death penalty for crimes with singular emphasis on any recommendations for changes which may be necessary to avoid successful constitutional challenges to the Texas penalty.
• A study of the probationary systems and services in the State with particular emphasis on the variations thereof and recommendations as to the extent and desirability of statewide uniformity.
• A study of the methodology by which criminal records are compiled, kept, disseminated and expunged by the various law enforcement agencies of the State and local government.
• Study the administration and operations of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles with recommendations as to necessary changes, if any, therein.
• Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit:
Criminal Justice Planning (Office of the Governor)
Board of Pardons and Paroles
Court of Criminal Appeals
States Prosecuting Attorney before the Court of Criminal Appeals
• Review of the statutory changes which may be necessary to enact the provisions of HJR 18, 65th Legislature, Regular Session, should the amendment be adopted by the electorate in November.

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