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Criminal Justice

Bailbonds. Support legislative initiatives to define bailbond taxation and premium reserve regulations consistent with past history and free of arbitrary policy changes by a single state agency. Support efforts to ensure that the commercial bailbonds industry will continue to be readily available to individuals accused of crimes that are likely to be incarcerated indefinitely in county jails and ensure that the constitutional rights of the accused are not suppressed by a change in a public agency

Community Supervision. Support legislation to utilize probation and state jail felony community supervision as a part of a sentence to increase peoples access to employment, housing and other critical tools to reduce rates of re-arrest and re-incarceration.

Support legislation to utilize probation and state jail felony community supervision as a part of a sentence to increase peoples access to employment, housing and other critical tools to reduce rates of re-arrest and re-incarceration.

Liability. Support legislation that allows landlords limited protection against liability solely for renting or leasing to someone with a criminal record unless the landlord knew the conviction was for a violent or sexually violent offense.

Support legislation that allows landlords limited protection against liability solely for renting or leasing to someone with a criminal record unless the landlord knew the conviction was for a violent or sexually violent offense.

Participation Credits. Support efforts to allow the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide the timely award of credits for participation in self-improvement programming within state jails.

Support efforts to allow the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide the timely award of credits for participation in self-improvement programming within state jails.

Penalties. Support legislation to downgrade first-time minor drug possession offenses and allow courts to divert individuals to a treatment program when the offender is deemed by the court not to be a threat to public safety. Use the savings derived from diversion to strengthen existing treatment programs in the community or create tailored treatment programs, as necessary, to address possession offenses.

Support legislation to downgrade first-time minor drug possession offenses and allow courts to divert individuals to a treatment program when the offender is deemed by the court not to be a threat to public safety. Use the savings derived from diversion to strengthen existing treatment programs in the community or create tailored treatment programs, as necessary, to address possession offenses.

Property-related Offense Thresholds. Support legislation to address property offenses by updating damage thresholds in light of inflation and updating monetary thresholds for property-related offenses that have not changed in 20 years.

Support legislation to address property offenses by updating damage thresholds in light of inflation and updating monetary thresholds for property-related offenses that have not changed in 20 years.