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HB 362 would amend the Code of
Criminal Procedure to require the attorney representing the state in a
criminal proceeding to notifyan officer designated by the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice (TDCJ) of an indictment of one of certain offenses for which a judge is
prohibited from ordering community supervision or an offense for which the
judgment contains an affirmative finding regarding the use or exhibition of a
deadly weapon within 10 days. The indicted defendant would be required to have received a previous sentence that included imprisonment at a facility operated by or under
contract with TDCJ and was subsequently released.
The bill would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Government
Code to require TDCJ to adopt
procedures and rules to provide notice of the offense charged in
the indictment to each victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a
deceased victim of an applicable offense for which the defendant was
previously imprisoned at a facility operated by or under contract with TDCJ
and subsequently released.
This bill would make mostly administrative, clerical, and non-substantive updates to current code with no discernible connection to our liberty principles, therefore we are neutral on HB 362.