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Travis County Jail, Select - 14th R.S. (1874)

Committee Members
William H. Russell, Co-Chair
Joseph Frazer Brown
George Bernard Erath
Gerald Alexander Foote
George Robertson Reeves
William Westfall
Charges
• WHEREAS, The Daily Statesman in an editorial of the 6th inst.. makes statements and charges in regard to the condition of the county jail of Travis County, and the treatment of the prisoners confined therein, which, if true, are a great outrage upon the rights of persons and a disgrace to civilization.; and
WHEREAS, Parties confined in the county jails are State prisoners, and should not be cruelly treated; therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Texas, the House of Representatives concurring, that a joint select committee of each House be appointed, three from each House, to inquire into the matters and things contained in said editorial relative to the county jail of Travis county, and to report thereon at as early day as practicable, recommending such legislation as may be necessary by bill or otherwise.

Note:
Senate members appointed 2/6/1875, pursuant to concurrent resolution by Russell for joint select committee; Russell listed as Senate Chairman in committee report (Senate Journal, 14th 2nd R.S., pp. 268, 284-285).
House members appointed 2/6/1875; committee report 2/11/1875 (House Journal, 14th 2nd R.S., pp. 285, 308-309).

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