- Scripps: Jails could run into problems with federal standards, expert warns, and
- Houston Chronicle: Failure to meet prison rape law could be costly for Texas
Relatedly, yesterday I received in the mail additional materials in response to Grits' open records request regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's PREA consultant, in particular email correspondence between TDCJ's PREA compliance folks and The Moss Group, which was hired to evaluate agency policies and a handful of extant issues. Nothing groundbreaking here, but reading the correspondence made me even more curious why Gov. Perry would say TDCJ could not comply.
Though Gov. Perry called the consultant's advice "ridiculous," agency officials expressed no such reservations in the documents I received and seemed committed to complying with federal law. In October, a TDCJ PREA compliance specialist wrote that "PREA has been truly embraced by the TDCJ to find itself woven into the policy and procedures of MANY departments" (emphasis in original). So what changed? ¿Quien sabe? Perry's response on this makes no sense to me.
See related Grits posts:
- Potential civil liability for failing to comply with Prison Rape Elimination Act
- Radio news questions Perry PREA stance in light of consultant's report
- Consultant: TDCJ 'receptive' to prison rape recommendations, 'confident' proposed solutions were 'reasonable and viable'
- Who is advising Rick Perry on prison rape?
- Perry: Texas won't comply with federal Prison Rape Elimination Act