P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 1997
AUSTIN - State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today praised the Texas Senate's quick action in passing a bill to end mandatory release of violent criminals. She added that her Senate Bill 36 would end all forms of early release for these offenders by abolishing parole.
"Ending mandatory release is an important step in dealing with yesterday's criminals. My bill would prepare us for dealing with tomorrow's violent offenders."
Senate Bill 36 would abolish parole for so-called "3g offenders". 3g offenses include murder, rape, assault, child molesting, robbery, arson, and kidnapping. Nelson's bill would establish true sentencing for these violent criminals.
"The state's first duty is to protect law-abiding citizens from crime," Nelson commented, "Texans live in fear of violent crime. That is wrong. Criminals, not law-abiding citizens, should be behind bars. My plan to abolish parole is well-researched. It is doable, affordable, and absolutely necessary"
SB 36 has been referred to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee of which Senator Nelson is a member.