Noting that the governor is not responsible for certifying facilities which aren't under his operational control, and that it's "not true" that “governors must certify their state’s compliance 'under threat of criminal penalties,'” DePrang had a sense, as I did, that, "The further you get into the letter’s nitty-gritty, the stranger Perry’s defiance seems." Part of the reason I've followed this story so closely (besides the fact that this blog broke it), is that there's something I don't understand going on, some unknown adviser, perhaps, who has influenced the governor. While regrettable, I tend to think non-compliance with PREA will eventually take care of itself at the federal courthouse. It's the inexplicable backstory to Perry's decision that keeps nagging at me.
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See related Grits posts:
- PREA deadline passes: Perry tells Holder Texas won't comply
- More on Texas' PREA compliance
- 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