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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

ACTION TO ACHIEVE AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN TEXAS FOR ADULTS AND JUVENILES WHICH WOULD INCLUDE:

.Criminal Justice

Improvements in pretrial justice programs and an adequately state funded public defender system including:

  • availability of night and weekend magistrates
  • improvements in the training and requirements of law enforcement personnel
  • revision of the bail bond system to permit counties to serve as bonding agencies and to provide regulation of all commercial bail bond agencies and guidelines for more uniform bail amounts
  • elimination of jury sentencing, and revision of the penal code to reduce the disparity of sentences
  • state laws to prohibit wiretapping
  • a state correctional system which would assign highest priority to provision of a broad range of community-based programs and facilities as well as provide technical assistance and funding for locally administered programs improvements in the parole system
  • a prison system which would provide humane care for all inmates in a secure environment with maximum educational opportunities, adequate health care services, adequate programs to assist all inmates in making the transition from prison to the free world, and compensation to inmates for their labor.

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