Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 1997
Contact: Chris Ward
(512) 463-0112

NELSON APPOINTED TO PRISON STUDY COMMITTEE

AUSTIN - State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been appointed to a a special Senate committee to study the state's prison system. Lt. Governor Bob Bullock today named Nelson and four other senators to the Senate Interim Committee on Criminal Justice.

The interim study will evaluate safety conditions for prison employees and prisoners at Texas Department of Criminal Justice Facilities. It will focus on projected capacity needs, medical and mental health treatment, and parole programs such as super-intensive supervision.

"The way to stop crime is to keep criminals in prison. Texas has tripled prison capacity in recent years and the crime rate is coming down," Senator Nelson said. "To have safe streets, we must maintain our capacity to keep criminals behind bars. This study will help us evaluate our needs in that regard."

Senator Nelson, who serves on the Senate's standing Criminal Justice Committee, has proposed legislation to abolish parole for violent offenders.

The committee will submit a status report by March 1, 1998 and will issue it's final report by October 1, 1998. The other committee members are Senators John Whitmire (Chair), Bill Ratliff, Florence Shapiro, and Royce West.

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