Lonestar State Set to Increase Inmate Mental Health Services

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is making efforts to increase mental health care services in order to address the rising number of nonviolent inmates with mental illnesses and reduce recidivism of those inmates.

Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, has developed a pilot program to be carried out in Harris County Jail, which, Hauffman said, is regarded as Texas’ largest mental health facility.

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A Number of States Report Significant Reductions in Recidivism, According to NRRC Report

NEW YORK — The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) released a policy brief on Sept. 25, 2012, highlighting a number of states reporting significant, reductions in recidivism.

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Walker County, Texas Begins Preliminary Planning for New Jail

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Walker County’s Commissioner’s Court took preliminary steps toward repairing or replacing its jail in mid-February after receiving a feasibility study on its existing facility from Burns Architecture LLC. The county will next organize public forums and invite comments on whether to hold a bond election or issue certificates of obligation.

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Texas Forms New Juvenile Department

HOUSTON, Texas — The Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission are being replaced by a new agency intended to bring positive changes to the department.

The new agency is still in its initial phases and looking for a new executive director who will be appointed next month. The two agencies will be molded into one overall department that will account for all juvenile offenders in the state of Texas.

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