Location: RM 271
Corrections Reform: Lessons from Texas
SENTENCING IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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09:54 AM -- Corrections Reform: Lessons from Texas
Representative Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow, Right on Crime, and Former Chair of Corrections, Texas House of Representatives, addressed the committee about his experiences as chair, and carrying legislation that brought about cost savings in the Texas correctional system. Committee members received copies of Right on Crime's Statement of Principles (Attachment B).
Representative Madden continued to address the committee, discussing the factors that drive prison populations and some innovations undertaken in Texas to slow prison intake.
Representative Madden continued his presentation, explaining the innovations undertaken in Texas pertaining to criminal sentencing and rehabilitation while he was in the legislature.
Representative Madden responded to questions regarding the effectiveness of prison fellowship programs, and how Texas handled certain low-level offenses during his tenure.
Representative Madden responded to questions concerning public support for changes to sentencing policy, victims' issues, and the length of sentences for more serious or violent offenses. He responded to further questions regarding so-called "second look" legislation, and compassionate release programming.
Discussion ensued regarding mandatory minimum sentences and restorative justice.