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No fiscal implication to the State or local government anticipated.
SB 1149 aims to bridge several gaps between the Travis County Local Commitment Program (LCP) and the Texas Juvenile Justice Division (TJJD) of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The proposals include: 1) Internet reporting requirements, 2) discharge provisions and instructions, 3) new parole guidelines, 4) allowing youth transfers from the LCP to TDCJ facilities, and 5) care for juveniles with mental illness or intellectual disability via TDCJ facilities.
1. SB 1149 adds to a pre-existing Web site report requirement that the following information be included: the total number of children committed by the juvenile court judge to a correctional facility operated by TJJD, rather than the Texas Youth Commission (TYC); the total number of children committed by the judge to a facility; and certain information related to certain childrens' commitment to the facility.
2. The bill discharges or transfers to TDCJ all juveniles on their 19th birthday if not previously discharged or transferred, among several new guidelines for parole panels and release procedures.
3. The bill requires information on the juvenile being paroled be reported to TDCJ, including: offense data, social history, conduct, etc. It also provides that instructions be given to parole officers concerning programs available via the juvenile probation department, and requires TDCJ give sentence time credit for time served in a juvenile probation department.
4. HB 1149 allows the transfer of juveniles in post-adjudication facilities in Travis County (such as boot camps, drug abuse programs, mental health treatment facilities, etc.) to state TDCJ facilities to complete their sentences.
5. The bill would give Travis County post-adjudication facilities access to more advanced health options usually reserved for only inmates in TDCJ facilities. It allows juvenile offenders with indeterminate sentences access to services from the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.
While this bill only pertains to Travis County, it promotes cooperation between a state agency and local government with no projected, additional cost to the taxpayers. As written, the bill would increase efficiency and expedite sentences for juvenile offenders, and therefore supports our Personal Responsibility and Limited Government liberty principles.