- HB 1477 by Allen awarding an estimated 1,700 revoked TDCJ parolees credit for "street time" to accelerate their discharge; projected to save $11.5 million (pending a vote in House Corrections)
- HB 2352 by Allen expanding early release to mandatory supervision for 9,400 more TDCJ inmates; projected to save $124 million (pending a vote in House Corrections)
- HB 3538 by Thompson facilitating the early release of 3,000 sick or elderly TDCJ inmates; projected to save $18.5 million (pending a vote in House Corrections)
- HB 3649 by Otto releasing early 9,000 TDCJ inmates who have less than 1 year or 10 percent of their sentences remaining; that portion of this omnibus bill is projected to save $31 million (pending a vote in House Appropriations)
- SB 883 by Whitmire includes the same language as Allen's HB 1477 (pending in Senate Criminal Justice)
- SB 976 by Hinojosa includes the same language as Otto's HB 3649 (already voted favorably from Senate Criminal Justice)
One of the biggest surprises of the session, Edmonds bemoaned with unguarded disdain, has been how little opposition these bills faced in committee. With few exceptions, the usual special-interest groups have not come out of the woodwork to oppose them: "Not victims groups, not law enforcement agencies, not anyone," he lamented. It's true. IMO that's because pretty much everybody realizes the budget must be cut and these are rather modest proposals given the scope of modern mass incarceration. Indeed, compared to closing schools or nursing homes, these cuts enjoy relatively broad, bipartisan support.