HB 362

84(R) - 2015
House Criminal Jurisprudence
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Criminal Procedure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


James White

Bill Caption

Relating to notification provided to certain victims of criminal offenses.

Fiscal Notes

There is no significant fiscal implication to State or local government.

Bill Analysis

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.

Vote Recommendation Notes

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.