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10 Document(s) [ Subject: Texas Code of Criminal Procedure ]

Committee: House Criminal Procedure Reform, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Texas Code of Criminal Procedure |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 C868p
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [37 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the Code of Criminal Procedure to recommend revisions. *
Committee: Senate Criminal Justice
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 81st Legislature
Subjects: Capital murder trials | Child abuse | Correctional officers | Criminal justice | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | Deferred adjudication | Drug trafficking | Homicide | Juvenile justice system | Mental health services | Mentally ill inmates | Methamphetamine | Occupational licenses | Ombudsmen | Pardons and Paroles, Texas Board of | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) | Police officers | Prison population | Prison security | Prisoner re-entry | Privately-operated prisons | Pseudoephedrine | Recidivism | Searches and seizures | Sex offenders | Substance abuse | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Theft | Youth Commission, Texas | Youthful offenders |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 C868
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [113 pages  File size: 13,967 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Determine how private prisons are complying with state laws and how cost, safety, living conditions and rehabilitative services at private prisons compare with state-run facilities. Include an assessment of the staff turnover rates and compensation of private contractors when compared with state-operated facilities, and of the contract bidding processes used by the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 103, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and the continuing reforms to the Texas Youth Commission and the juvenile criminal justice system. Identify barriers to effective implementation and provide recommendations to ensure that the goals of this legislation are achieved. Provide recommendations relating to best practices and identify needed additional treatment programs for juvenile sex offenders.
3. Study the impact of laws designed to reduce illegal drug use and make recommendations for reducing access to illegal drugs and for developing best practices for preventative programs, focusing on drugs targeted for the younger population, such as cheese heroin. Assess the impact of limiting access to pseudoephedrine, including the impact restrictions have had on illegal manufacturers' methods for producing methamphetamine.
4. Monitor the implementation of the new and expanded programs provided to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) within the Fiscal Year 2008 and 2009 budget, and identify their impact on the criminal justice populations. Study security issues within TDCJ, including staffing issues, use of lock down procedures, the control and containment of infectious diseases and the introduction and control of contraband within the institutions. Review the use of career ladders for employees of TDCJ and issues surrounding the retention of professional corrections staff. Study the issues of independent oversight of TDCJ, including the use and effectiveness of the TDCJ ombudsman system. Provide recommendations for the reduction or elimination of barriers to an effective corrections system.
5. Study and make recommendations for reducing the number of law enforcement officer deaths in the line of duty. This study should include:
  • an assessment of the types of calls and assignments that put law enforcement officers most at risk;
  • the geographic regions of the state that suffer the most deaths;
  • the agencies experiencing the highest rate of deaths in the line of duty;
  • the time in an officer's career, and the officer's age that he or she is most susceptible to death in the line of duty; and
  • the times of year, month, and day that are most dangerous.
6. Study the issue of criminal asset seizure and the use of seized and forfeiture funds by district attorneys and law enforcement agencies. Review the oversight of these matters by the Texas Attorney General and provide recommendations to improve the dissemination of information concerning these funds. Ensure that these funds have the appropriate accountability and fiscal controls required for public funds.
7. Study the system of deferred adjudication in Texas courts and make recommendations for resolving any problems and reducing the potential for release of dangerous criminals.
8. Study and recommend best practices for reducing re-victimization of child abuse victims associated with delay in resolution of criminal cases. Recommend options for reducing the time lapse between child victimization and criminal hearings.
9. Review the processes for re-entry of criminal offenders into communities. Identify barriers to the successful return to law-abiding behavior, including the absence of employment opportunities created by restriction on obtaining certain state occupational licenses. Provide recommendations for improvements to our current statutes governing this matter.
10. Study whether Articles 36.09 (relating to trying multiple defendants from the same transaction either separately or jointly) and 36.10 (relating to severing defendants that show prejudice from a joint trial) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure provide sufficient safeguards to ensure fair and reliable trial results in capital cases with multiple defendants. Determine whether the articles provide trial judges with sufficient instruction regarding joinder or severance of defendants and, if not, make recommendations to improve procedures.
11. Study the relationship between the public mental health system and the criminal justice and civil courts systems, including the identification and sharing of information regarding mentally ill offenders, including minors, among criminal justice and mental health agencies, the courts, state hospitals, and the Veterans Administration. Study how current confidentiality laws impact the exchange of information among groups described above. Study the sentencing of mentally ill offenders compared to non-mentally ill offenders, including minors, and the affect that has on statewide prison capacity and on the health care provided to mentally ill offenders. (Joint Charge with Senate State Affairs Committee)
12. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Criminal Justice Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, report on the implementation of SB 909, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Sunset legislation, including provisions relating to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and monitor implementation of the new laws relating to copper theft (SB 1154, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, HB 1766, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and HB 1767, 80th Legislature, Regular Session).
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Jurisprudence interim report
Subjects: Adoption | Air pollution control technology | Child abuse | Child custody | Children's Advocacy Centers | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Grandparents | Houston, Texas | Judges | Juries | Medical records | Occupational licenses | Parents | Private investigators | Probate courts | Records management | Rules of evidence | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Visitation rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 J979
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [161 pages  File size: 5,386 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the laws governing suits affecting the parent-child relationship involving non-parents, including suits for possession of or access to a child by a grandparent, and make recommendations for providing the best care and protection for the children involved. Provide an assessment of the constitutional issues involved with these suits.
2. Study the management and storage of adoption records, including the costs and benefits of converting records into digital format. Study ways to increase access by adopted persons and their children and spouses to important family medical history information and ensure that medical history information is updated, while maintaining privacy and anonymity of records.
3. Examine the role of heir finders in Texas and make recommendations regarding professional standards and fees for heir finders.
4. Identify and study best practices for representation of children in child abuse and neglect cases and determine whether to implement further training, oversight, or other requirements for judges, attorneys, and others responsible for child abuse and neglect cases, including child sexual abuse cases. Develop and implement tools for children’s advocacy centers (CACs) and prosecutors to successfully investigate and prosecute child abusers. Include the following:
  • Explore changes to the rules of evidence that could facilitate the presentation of child testimony in court;
  • Explore making prior extraneous sex offenses admissible during determination of guilt, as has been adopted in the federal court system; and
  • Explore possible expansion of the rules regarding how cases are consolidated and punishments are stacked in a single trial involving a crime committed against a child.
5. Study practices intended to enhance the jury experience and increase jury participation, including:
  • allowing jurors to ask questions of witnesses by submitting them to the judge in writing;
  • allowing lawyers to periodically summarize testimony for the jury;
  • allowing jurors to take notes during trial; and
  • allowing jurors to discuss evidence among themselves during trial.
6. Study and make recommendations relating to the jurisdiction, authority, power and discretion of probate judges in Texas, including the authority of a probate judge to intervene in a non-probate case.
7. Study administrative and legal procedures used by municipalities to exert regulatory authority beyond city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Determine whether conflicts exist with agencies' regulatory authority and regulatory authority delegated to home-rule municipalities, and make recommendations for appropriate delegation and clarification of respective authorities.
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Jurisprudence Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Sex Offender Statutes, Select, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Select Interim Committee on Sex Offender Statutes, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Sex offender registration | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 Se91
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [107 pages  File size: 3,995 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to streamline and clarify the statutory provisions relating to the Sex Offender Registration Program.
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the Speaker and members, Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature: report / of the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature.
Subjects: Alternatives to incarceration | At-risk youth | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice system | Parole | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) | Prison population | Prison reform | Probation | Recidivism | Runaway children | Statutory revision | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Truancy | Youth Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 j979cr
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [126 pages  File size: 3,747 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To oversee the expenditure of the $3 million appropriations to the Texas Education Agency earmarked for a program designed to keep trouble students, truants, etc. enrolled in a classroom situation. To follow the guidelines set up by TEA for the participating school districts.
2. To track the prison reform measures and see how they are being implemented, To determine the benefits derived from these measures, both in terms of recidivism and in terms of monetary savings.
3. To study the need/benefits of raising the jurisdictional age of TYC to age 21 from age 18 for certain instances when keeping the child past the age of 18 would be beneficial to child and/or society.
4. To look into alternative programs for youths who have committed status crimes, i.e.. truancy, running away from home, etc. To find alternatives to sentencing in TYC facilities for property offenders, as well as some minor non-property offenders.
5. To devise a policy to keep the Texas Penal Code standardized, so that specific crimes do not have separate forms of sentencing.
6. Study the need to reform the charging instrument in Texas; consider whether the state should be allowed to prosecute crimes other than capital offenses on the basis of an information rather than an indictment issued by a grand jury. *
7. Make recommendations regarding the non-substantive changes to the probation and parole laws currently found in Articles 42.12 and 42.13 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. *
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, sixty-fifth legislative session / Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Courts | Crime prevention | Pardons and Paroles, Texas Board of | Parole | Statutory revision | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Texas Penal Code |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 c869
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 1,186 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the need for revision of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
2. Study the effectiveness of the new Texas Penal Code.
3. Study the need for modernization and management changes in the courts of the criminal justice system.
4. Conduct a thorough study of methods to reduce the crime rate in Texas.
5. Conduct a thorough study of the State's parole system. This study should include all aspects and operations of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, including general policies, rules and regulations governing the pardon and parole of prisoners. This study should indicate in its findings suggestions pertinent to efficient and effective ways of carrying out all laws relating to pardons and paroles.
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, 63rd Legislature.
Subjects: Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Texas Penal Code |
Library Call Number: L1836.63 c868
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View report [33 pages  File size: 1,065 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Conduct a comprehensive study of the laws pertaining to criminal procedures in Texas, such study to include public opinion, attitudes of the Bar, Judiciary, law enforcement agencies and other concerned officials, and comparative review of laws regarding criminal procedure.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Committee Documentation
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 C868H 63
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View document [3 pages]
Committee: Joint Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the committee appointed pursuant to H.C.R. no. 80 of the Fifty-first Legislature in regard to the Texas Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure
Subjects: Statutory revision | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Texas Penal Code |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 52nd Leg., R.S. 308 (1951)
Session: 51st R.S. (1949)
Online version: View report [5 pages  File size: 204 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Studying, drafting, and recommending to the next Legislature or any called session of this Legislature all necessary amendments to our present Code of Criminal Procedure and Penal Code of Texas.
Committee: Senate Crime Investigation
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report and recommendations of the Senate Committee Investigating Crime, 43rd Legislature, 1933-1934.
Subjects: Courts | Crime | Crime statistics | Gambling | Law enforcement | Police departments | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure |
Library Call Number: L1836.43 C868/S.J. of Tex., 44th Leg., R.S. 267 (1935)
Session: 43rd R.S. (1933)
Online version: View report [40 pages  File size: 2,390 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate and report upon the present, and, if any, growing disregard and violation by the criminal element of any and all laws of this state.
2. Investigate and report upon the effort or lack of effort on the part of any or all officers of the state government to enforce the laws of the state.
3. Investigate and report upon the effect, if any, that the disregard of some of the laws of this state has upon encouraging and making possible the violation of other laws of the state.
4. Investigate and report upon the effect, if any, that the lack of strict law enforcement by officials in certain sections has upon encouraging and making possible violations of law in other sections of the state.
5. Investigate and report upon any defects, if any, in our penal laws, laws of criminal procedure, and in our present jury system.
6. Investigate and fix responsibility, if possible, for the present seeming breakdown in the enforcement of our criminal laws.
7. Investigate and suggest needed rearrangement or consolidation of our state police system.
8. Investigate and report with reference to the so-called racket of slot machines and activities allowing bookmakers to run in Texas and whether or not certain lawyers of this state are in league with the illegal operators on a retainer basis to help them defeat the criminal laws of this state.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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