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House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
Terry Keel, Chair
Debbie Riddle, Vice Chair
Aaron Peña, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Mary Denny
Juan Escobar
Terri Hodge
Paul Moreno
Richard Peña Raymond
Elvira Reyna
  • Review the applicable laws governing the payment of restitution to victims of crime and the methods in which restitution is collected and disbursed to victims of crime and the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund.
  • Examine the issue of reciprocal discovery in criminal cases.
  • Study the current legal protection against criminal prosecution and civil liability for a person who uses force, including deadly force, against a person who unlawfully and with force seeks to enter a residence, dwelling of vehicle.
  • Monitor the use of nuisance abatement authority by the city of Dallas and investigate unresolved issues pertaining to allegations of possible civil rights violations that may have been committed under color of law by local government. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics)
  • Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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