HB 4163

86(R) - 2019
House Corrections
House Corrections

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to the authority of a court to grant a commutation of punishment for certain persons released on parole.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

HB 4163 would allow a person released on parole to file a motion with the court requesting a commutation of their sentence if the person was released on parole more than 10 years before the date the motion is filed, their parole was not revoked at any time during that period, and the person is not required to register as a sex offender. The court would be required to issue an order commuting the person's sentence if the person is eligible and the court determines that such an order is in the best interest of justice, the public, and the person.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends supporting HB 4163. This bill would implement a judicial procedure for commuting sentences of qualifying parolees who have successfully completed ten years of parole. This is in alignment with individual liberty and limited government.