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Commission on Jail Standards

    • Next Review Date: 2020-2021 Review Cycle - 87th Legislative Session
    • Last Review Date: 2008-2009 Review Cycle - 81st Legislative Session

    Sunset Review Documents for 2008-2009 Review Cycle, 81st Legislative Session

    Legislative Documents

    Final Results from Last Sunset Report

    Senate Bill 1009 continued the Commission on Jail Standards and contained all of the Sunset Commission’s recommendations, including requiring a risk assessment plan to guide jail inspections and improving the Commission’s complaints and public information procedures.  The Legislature also added several other statutory modifications to Senate Bill 1009 regarding the treatment and reporting of pregnant or mentally ill inmates and guidance for jail commissary contracts.  The list below summarizes the major provisions of Senate Bill 1009.

    • Continues the Texas Commission on Jail Standards as an independent agency for 12 years.
    • Requires the Commission to more effectively target high-risk jails through its inspections process using specific risk factors, including a jail’s compliance with standards for the treatment of inmates with mental illness.
    • Requires the Commission to disseminate best practice information to jails.
    • Conforms the Commission’s complaints and public information procedures with commonly applied standards.
    • Establishes minimum requirements for identifying and serving the needs of pregnant inmates.
    • Requires the Commission to provide guidelines for jail commissary contracts.