What are your thoughts related to those issues, Grits readers? I know many of y'all have opinions on TDCJ and parole board processes as they relate to "efficiencies, effectiveness, and recidivism," as well as the proper "programmatic approach ... in the areas of the vocation, education, visitation, rehabilitation, health and mental health services, parole supervision, and reentry initiatives." Be as specific as possible and use the comments to offer whatever opinions, information or suggestions the committee should consider on these topics.Study and review the correctional facilities and processes within Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Texas Juvenile Justice Department with emphasis on efficiencies, effectiveness, and recidivism. Examine the existing programmatic approach per facility in the areas of the vocation, education, visitation, rehabilitation, health and mental health services, parole supervision, and reentry initiatives. Evaluate opportunities for partnerships between facilities and private industries to offer education, job training, and potential employment for offenders during incarceration, parole, and final release.The Committee will not consider testimony for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department at this hearing and will consider this agency at a later date.
At noon on Thursday you can watch the hearing live online here. If you're in Austin, the hearing will be in room E2.010 in the capitol.