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Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas Legislature provided an additional $244 million in funding to state agencies involved with assessing and treating mental health issues among children and teenagers.   But according to the House-Select Committee on Mental Health, much of that money is not being utilized by families whose children may be suffering from some form of mental illness.

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Texas has executed roughly 30 death row inmates in Huntsville that had been diagnosed with severe mental illness, that’s according to a study provided by the group the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  

The group’s executive director, Kristin Houle, said that is primarily because the Texas judicial system has not created a categorical exemption for inmates with mental disorders like paranoid schizophrenia.

Ryan E. Poppe

In 2015, the 84th Legislature approved $10 million for the purchase of body cameras through a matching grant program that is overseen by the Governor’s office.  But since taking affect this past September; questions remain among state lawmakers as to when and how the tapes could be released to the public.

Ryan E. Poppe

Sen. John Cornyn has proposed legislation that would allow some non-violent drug offenders to be considered for sentences lower than the federal mandatory sentences.  

Ryan E. Poppe

 

Cornyn said the next Supreme Court appointment will fill a big hole left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia for a generation and Judge Merrick Garland will not be receiving a senate hearing.

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