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Relating to the review of clemency applications from certain persons who were victims of human trafficking or family violence.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 3078 would require the Board of Pardons and Paroles to appoint a panel of experts to review an application for clemency for a person who was convicted of an offense under duress or coercion as a result of being the victim of human trafficking, or an assault committed by an actor who is or has been in a dating relationship with (or is in the family or household of) the assaulted. The board would be required to publish the application process for clemency on their website. The board would also be required to immediately submit any applications to the panel for review. The panel shall review the application and submit their recommendation to the board within 6 months of receiving the application.
Texas Action supports HB 3078 which is in alignment with individual liberty and limited government principles. Consideration of clemency for a person who was convicted under the circumstances outlined by this legislation falls within the scope of an efficient and effective justice system maintained by a limited government.