Friday, March 1, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024

House Jails and Prisons Committee Advances Three Bills

The Committee on Jails and Prisons met this morning to consider the following:

House Bill 5358 creates an ombudsman position within the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security for the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Corrections and Rehabilitation Ombudsman would be authorized to review complaints. The Ombudsman would have access to complaints, facilities, agencies, and records to assist in the review. The bill requires the state departments and agencies to cooperate with the Ombudsman. An annual report is required. The bill advances to the Judiciary.

House Bill 5363 requires the Commissioner of Corrections and Rehabilitation to continue the GOALS Program in regional jails. The bill advances to the Judiciary.

House Bill 5368 creates the Regional Jail Commissions. The bill advances.

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