Bill Text: TX SB303 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to providing free access to telephone services for persons confined in county jail pending trial.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-07 - Referred to Criminal Justice [SB303 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB303-Introduced.html
  86R3229 JRR-F
 
  By: Miles S.B. No. 303
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to providing free access to telephone services for persons
  confined in county jail pending trial.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 351, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 351.0135 to read as follows:
         Sec. 351.0135.  ACCESS TO TELEPHONE SERVICES FOR PERSONS
  CONFINED PENDING TRIAL. (a) A county jail must provide each
  arrested person who is confined in the county jail pending trial
  with access to domestic telephone services at no cost to the person
  or the party receiving the telephone call.
         (b)  The sheriff of each county jail shall adopt a policy
  governing the use of telephone services under this section. The
  policy may not unduly restrict calling patterns or volume and must
  allow for an average monthly call usage rate of eight calls, with
  each call having an average duration of not less than 10 minutes,
  per arrested person.
         SECTION 2.  Not later than December 1, 2019, the sheriff of
  each county jail shall adopt the policy required by Section
  351.0135, Local Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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