Has anyone heard any details about the newly proposed house bill 2120? The verbiage on the bill is very vague but my husband is being told it will potentially allow good time credit for 3G offenses. Does anyone know if this is true?
Everybody in TDCJ is ALREADY eligible to receive good time credits in varying amounts based either on when they came into TDCJ custody or what their time-earning status happens to be.
What is being proposed is to make somewhere near 20K offenders instantly eligible for parole by applying those time credits towards the parole eligibility date. That doesn't fly with victims and prosecutors and juries.
It would be one thing if they wanted to make it a prospective change, but its failure is going to be in the efforts to make it retroactive. Complicating matters is the claim that it has no fiscal impact, a claim which ignores the added staff that would be necessary to PROCESS that many new reviews not to mention the staff in the field to supervise even 3-4K new releasees above and beyond the currently anticipated releases...
Complicating even more is that Senator Whitmire was around in the revolving door days and has repeatedly sworn we were never again going back to that era. There isn't a bedspace issue. There IS a budget issue. But he has sworn that we, as a State, are NOT going to make release decisions based on budget concerns if it places the population of the State at risk.
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Below is the letter I sent to the ACLU of Texas a little earlier today.
There is currently a bill languishing in the Corrections Committee in the Texas Legislature. The passage of House Bill 2120 would allow inmates who have committed 3g offenses to have their good time included in their consideration for parole. It is very important that this bill pass as it has the potential to reduce the inmate population, heal families, and significantly reduce the financial strain on Texas. The inmates who are obtaining good time are showing they have made the necessary changes within themselves to be productive members of the community. Not allowing them to get credit for their good behavior, work ethic, and participation in rehabilitative and reformative programs at TDCJ is punishing them twice and costing the state a lot of money. Though the nature of these crimes are serious, these inmates are able to repent, change internally, and be productive members of society. God grants us all free will to turn from our harmful ways. Denying the consideration of good time is to deny the grace and forgiveness of God to these specific inmates.
There is a lot of fear mongering around this Bill. Passage of HB 2120 does not suddenly set dangerous criminals free. It only makes the good behavior of these people a consideration for their release. Other offenders already receive this consideration. Release is still completely at the discretion of the Parole Board. People who still pose a danger will remain in prison, but those who are ready to be an asset to their community will have the opportunity to be free. Some of the 3g offenses have ruined lives. Keeping people in prison who have repented and changed themselves is just ruining another life. We can't change the past, but we can change the future.
Texas has an extremely high incarceration rate when compared to other states. The human cost is exceptional in terms of destroyed marriages, parent-less children, and impoverished families. The financial burden of keeping reformed individuals in prison is siphoning resources from our state that could be employed much better. The passage of this bill will be a financial and a human benefits to Texas.
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Totally agree with D007 !
I saw on the website of TIFA (Texas Inmate Families Association) , that they have a petition that can be signed.
The more people do, and like in your message, call or mail representatives and such, the more it has a change , and it will get our loved ones home, the daddies home, the men home, into our families and communities.
The parole board has the decision to release those inmates, its not all of a sudden that our towns are flooding with dangerous people. This bill is, to me, a win-win possibility.
is the petition still available? my LO is a 3G offender n was optimistic about this. He wanted me to get more info about it. If you can let me know what additional support is out there in which Senate can hear our voices regardind this proposed bill that will be great! thank you