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House Committee on Corrections - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Patrick "Pat" Haggerty, Chair
Jessica Farrar, Vice Chair
Ray Allen
Dan Ellis
Patricia Gray
Terri Hodge
Chuck Hopson
Carl Isett
Allan Ritter
Charges
• Study community supervision caseloads, the effect of officer-to-offender ratios and the impact of caseload reductions on revocations and incarceration costs to the state.

• Study the quality and availability of residential facilities and the potential cost savings of enhanced residential sentencing alternatives to long-term incarceration.
• Review the fees assessed on adult offenders and their impacts on community supervision and parole. Consider offenders' abilities to pay supervision fees and any impact on revocations of parole.

• Study the delivery of healthcare within the Texas prison system, including the number and types of healthcare practitioners needed, the recruitment and retention of those practitioners, management of chronic diseases, and the use of telemedicine and other technologies.

• Actively monitor the agencies under the committee's oversight jurisdiction. Specifically monitor the implementation of staffing and training programs at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and their effects on the safety of both inmates and staff.

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