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Texas Board of Criminal Justice

Notice of Proposed Rules

Summaries of all proposed new rules, proposed amendments, and proposed repeals approved for publication in the Texas Register to receive public comment are available here. Rule actions will remain on this page until filed as adopted with the Texas Register.

A weekly publication, the Texas Register serves as the journal of state agency rulemaking for Texas. Information published in the Texas Register includes proposed, adopted, withdrawn, and emergency rule actions, notices of state agency review of agency rules, governor's appointments, attorney general opinions, and miscellaneous documents such as requests for proposals. After adoption, these rulemaking actions are codified into the Texas Administrative Code. The Texas Register is available at the following link www.sos.texas.gov/texreg/index.shtml.

Comments should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, PO Box 4004, Huntsville, Texas 77342, ogccomments@tdcj.texas.gov. Written comments from the general public must be received within 30 days of the publication of the rule in the Texas Register.


Proposed Amendments

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ or board) proposes the following amendments, which have been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the board’s authority to adopt.

Proposed Amendments for the April 26, 2024, TBCJ Meeting:

Amendments to 37 Texas Administrative Code §155.23, concerning Site Selection Process for the Location of Additional Facilities. The proposed amendments revise offender to inmate throughout; remove references to transfer facilities and the Prison Management Act; and reorganize language for clarity.

Enmiendas al Título 37 del Código Administrativo de Texas §155.23, sobre el Proceso de Selección de Sitios para la Ubicación de Instalaciones Adicionales. Las enmiendas propuestas revisan el ofensor a recluso en todo momento; eliminar las referencias a los centros de traslado y a la Ley de Gestión Penitenciaria; y reorganizar el lenguaje para mayor claridad.


Amendments to 37 Texas Administrative Code §163.42, concerning Substantial Noncompliance. The proposed amendments reflect the Office of Internal Audit as independent of the TDCJ.

Enmiendas al Título 37 del Código Administrativo de Texas §163.42, relativo al Incumplimiento Sustancial. Las enmiendas propuestas reflejan que la Oficina de Auditoría Interna es independiente del TDCJ.


Proposed Repeals

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ or board) proposes the following repeals, which have been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the board’s authority to adopt.

There are no proposed repeals posted for public comment at this time.


Proposed Rule Reviews

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ or board) proposes the following rules for rule review. An assessment will be made by the board as to whether the reasons for readopting these rules continue to exist. The rules will be reviewed to determine whether to readopt, readopt with amendments, or repeal the rule.

There are no proposed readoptions posted for public comment at this time.