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Texas House reauthorizes Criminal Justice Department

Published On: May 04 2013 09:00:42 PM CDT
Texas News - Capitol flags
AUSTIN, Texas -

(AP) - The Texas House has approved an omnibus proposal to reauthorize the Department of Criminal Justice through 2021, with only a few key modifications.
    
A simple voice vote was enough to provide preliminary passage of the measure Saturday.
    
One amendment that was approved directs the department to consider the most-expensive options first when mulling which excess, privately run prisons should close.
    
Another will study how much state revenue the department could generate by expanding prison commissaries.
    
But an amendment requiring the department to study how much sending inmates to solitary confinement costs was defeated.