Texas Bill Aims to Divert Inmates with Mental Illnesses

The Texas House of Representatives and Senate have approved a pilot program that would provide inmates with mental illnesses with additional resources in social, clinical, housing and welfare services in the first weeks after release.

Lonestar State Set to Increase Inmate Mental Health Services

Texas is making efforts to increase mental health care services in order to address the rising number of nonviolent inmates with mental illnesses and reduce recidivism of those inmates.

A Number of States Report Significant Reductions in Recidivism, According to NRRC Report

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) released a policy brief on Sept. 25, 2012, highlighting a number of states reporting significant, reductions in recidivism.

States Projected to Spend Big on Construction

The Rose Report has recently issued its 2012 corrections construction projections for projects in the U.S, and many states have big plans.

Walker County, Texas Begins Preliminary Planning for New Jail

Walker County’s Commissioner’s Court took preliminary steps toward repairing or replacing its jail in mid-February after receiving a feasibility study on its existing facility from Burns Architecture LLC. The county will next organize public forums and invite comments on whether to hold a bond election or issue certificates of obligation.

Texas Forms New Juvenile Department

The Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission are being replaced by a new agency intended to bring positive changes to the department.

Iowa Facing Serious Overcrowding

Iowa was able to restore its prison system after letting the prison population get out of hand in the 1970s

Extra Courthouse Funds Approved

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County Commissioners Court recently approved construction funding and discussed building operations regarding the new courthouse and administrative offices on Lavaca Street.

Texas May Privatize All State Jails

AUSTIN, Texas — House lawmakers are considering a plan to privatize all state prisons housing low-level felony offenders, a move they say could save the state up to $40 million.

New Execution Drug Causes Uproar

AUSTIN, Texas — A Danish company that has become a key supplier of an execution drug in the U.S. says it will not withdraw or restrict it, even though it objects to the drug being “misused” for capital punishment.