House Committee on Law Enforcement - 69th R.S. (1985)

Committee Members


  • Study alternative means of meeting the program needs of the mentally handicapped offenders incarcerated in Texas prisons in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Policy Council.
  • Study the problem of morale and employee turnover at the Department of Corrections and the fiscal impact of this situation on the State.
  • Conduct monthly monitoring of the Department of Corrections construction division including new construction and renovation contracts for Ruiz litigation; oversight of contract award process; identification and reporting of cost-overruns and inconsistencies in management reporting of projects.
  • Study the feasibility of private corrections systems in meeting the criminal justice needs of Texas including an analysis of the financial incentives for private investors in relation to the legal liability for the State and an analysis of private corrections products for practicality and cost effectiveness, in conjunction with the Appropriations Committee.
  • Study the impact of the Ruiz settlement on production and harvesting of Department of Corrections agriculture crops.
  • Monitor the percentage of crime committed in Texas that is attributed to juveniles.
  • Study the impact of flat time on the violence and work stoppage at the Department of Corrections in conjunction with the percentage of inmates serving flat time sentences.


Regular Session, committee appointed by Speaker 1/17/1985: Ray Keller (Chair), Allen Hightower (Vice Chair), Dick Burnett, Bill Ceverha, Al Granoff, Cliff Johnson, Bob Melton, Alex Short, Jr., Jim Tallas.

2nd C.S., committee appointed by Speaker 8/26/1986: Allen Hightower (Chair), Dick Burnett (Vice Chair), Bill Ceverha, Al Granoff, Cliff Johnson, Ray Keller, Bob Melton, Alex Short, Jr., Jim Tallas.

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