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House Bill 2335: The Omnibus Criminal Justice Reform Bill, 71st Legislature, A Summary Analysis

NCJ Number
D X Young; S Carruth
Date Published
21 pages
Texas House Bill 2335 mandates a broad and comprehensive restructuring of the State's criminal justice system, including changes in processes and procedures and a consolidation of three major corrections agencies.
These agencies are the Department of Corrections, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Adult Probation Commission. They would be renamed and made into divisions of a new Department of Criminal Justice. Each division individually retains most of its previous functions. The bill also addresses the problems of local and State administration of correctional institutions and facilities; the release of defendants with or without bond; and the redefining of probation, parole, and mandatory supervision. It also focuses on programs for rehabilitation, information systems to help police and other agencies track an offender's history, and the issuance of bonds to finance the construction of correctional facilities. Summaries of each section of the bill. (Author summary modified)