Bill Text: TX HB2120 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to good conduct time earned by certain inmates and the consideration of release on parole for those inmates.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-03-23 - Left pending in committee [HB2120 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB2120-Introduced.html
  85R9396 JRR-F
 
  By: Thompson of Harris H.B. No. 2120
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to good conduct time earned by certain inmates and the
  consideration of release on parole for those inmates.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 498.003, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
         (f)  Notwithstanding any other law, an inmate described by
  Section 508.145(b), (d)(1)(A), or (d)(1)(B) who otherwise meets the
  requirements of this section may accrue good conduct time under
  Subsection (d) for purposes of parole panel consideration under
  Section 508.141(h).
         SECTION 2.  Section 508.141, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (h) to read as follows:
         (h)  During the consideration for release on parole of an
  inmate described by Section 508.145(b), (d)(1)(A), or (d)(1)(B),
  the parole panel shall give special consideration to the amount of
  good conduct time accrued by the inmate when determining whether
  the inmate's release would increase the likelihood of harm to the
  public.
         SECTION 3.  (a) Section 498.003(f), Government Code, as
  added by this Act, applies to an inmate confined in a facility
  operated by or under contract with the Texas Department of Criminal
  Justice on or after the effective date of this Act, regardless of
  whether the offense for which the inmate is serving a sentence was
  committed before, on, or after the effective date of this Act.
         (b)  Section 508.141(h), Government Code, as added by this
  Act, applies to a parole decision made on or after the effective
  date of this Act, regardless of whether the offense for which the
  inmate is serving a sentence was committed before, on, or after the
  effective date of this Act. A parole decision made before the
  effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect on the
  date the decision was made, and the former law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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