Bill

HB 30

87(R) - 2021
House Corrections
Senate Criminal Justice
House Corrections
Senate Criminal Justice
Education
Corrections

Contact the Author

James Talarico

Phone:

512-463-0670

Capitol Office:

E2.712

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

James Talarico
Ina Minjarez
Andrew Murr
James White
Gene Wu

Sponsor(s)

John Whitmire

Bill Caption

Relating to educational programs provided by the Windham School District in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for certain inmates.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two¬≠-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 30, As Engrossed: a negative impact of ($1,264,735) through the biennium ending August 31, 2023.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

HB 30 would require the Windham School District (the education provider for all state prison facilities) to provide a program of education equivalent to standard high school curriculum for each inmate younger than 18 years old or younger than 22 years old if in need of special education. The District would have to consider each inmate's duration of confinement, existing level of education, educational goals, and recommendations of their Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee, if applicable.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action is neutral on HB 30 as it does not touch directly on any of our Liberty Principles. Providing basic services to those confined in prisons is among the core functions of the government. While HB 30 might increase spending on correctional services, better inmate education can also decrease future spending on incarceration by reducing recidivism.

Contact the Author

James Talarico

Phone:

512-463-0670

Capitol Office:

E2.712

Email: