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Penitentiaries Investigating - 31st R.S. (1909)

Committee Members


  • Visit the Huntsville and Rusk penitentiaries and all other places as in their judgment may be necessary.
  • Make a thorough and complete examination of the financial conditions of the penitentiary system, employing such help as may be deemed necessary to the end that a full, fair, complete and exhaustive examination be made of the entire penitentiary system covering a period from January 1, 1907, or prior to that time if deemed necessary by the committee, to the present time.
  • Make an investigation of the iron industry at Rusk and make recommendations as to the future operation of such iron industry as they believe would best subserve the State's interests, and recommend whether or not such industry should be abandoned or its operation continued by the State.
  • Investigate the conditions of the penitentiary at Rusk and of all farms, camps and trains where convicts are worked or kept, as to the food, clothing, health and treatment of the convicts, and all matters pertaining to their discipline, safe keeping and reformation.


Charged by S.B. 159, 31st Leg., R.S.

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