- Oversight of TDCJ, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and TJJD
- Review of mental health services in the justice system
- Evaluate 'pay for performance' model for privatizing juvenile justice
- School discipline and the criminal justice system
- The legislature and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice should look for more ways to focus a larger component of our correctional budget on rehabilitative investments, as opposed to simply inmate confinement.
- The legislature and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice should consider ways to expand inmate educational and vocational training programs within the prison system as a core component of effectively rehabilitating offenders.
- The Texas Department of Criminal Justice should explore new and innovative ways to increase access to prisoner visitation programs in order to fully prepare inmates for the re-entry process, including the potential use of teleconferencing as a visitation option.
On the mental health front, the suggestions seemed tepid and inadequate given the problems faced by the state in that arena. And the school discipline charge didn't result in significant recommendations.
These are just casual first impressions from initially skimming the document. Read the full thing (pdf) for more detail.