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Relating to the release to mandatory supervision of certain inmates confined in a county jail.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2772 would require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), with regard to certain inmates who at the time of being sentenced to a term of imprisonment is confined in a county jail and eligible for release to mandatory supervision, to take custody of the inmate before the inmate is released to mandatory supervision. TDCJ would then be required to provide notice to the victim, guardian of the victim, or close relative of a deceased victim that the inmate is eligible for release to mandatory supervision. This would only apply to victims of crimes of sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, or felony stalking, or to a victim who has suffered bodily injury or death as the result of the criminal conduct of the inmate.
This bill would require the notice to state that the victim, guardian, or close relative may submit within 14 days a written statement to the parole panel considering the inmate's release regarding the offense, the inmate, and the effect of the offense on the victim, guardian, or close relative.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 2772 because it does not affect our liberty principles.