House Prison Bill Sets Up Standoff With Senate

Two privately operated prison facilities that the Senate voted to close would not automatically be shuttered under a version of the bill that the House approved Monday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reauthorization bill, Senate Bill 213 by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, allows the agency to continue operating the state's more than 100 prisons along with the Windham School District, which educates inmates; the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles; and the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee, which oversees medical treatment for the incarcerated.

An amendment to SB 213 by state Reps. Phil King, R-Weatherford, and Rafael ...

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