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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Annual reports, 1981-1984,

Minutes, 1979-1985,

John Cook's office files, 1980-1982,

Correspondence and research files, 1978-1985,

Technical assistance, 1980-1985,

Training programs, 1980-1985,

Studies, 1979-1984,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Prosecutor Council:

An Inventory of Prosecutor Council Records at the Texas State Archives, 1978-1985



Overview

Creator: Texas. Prosecutor Council.
Title: Prosecutor Council records
Dates: 1978-1985
Abstract: The Texas Prosecutor Council was a centralized agency of the judiciary responsible for delivering technical assistance, educational services, and professional development training to prosecutors throughout the state. Records from the Texas Prosecutor Council include annual reports, minutes, staff reports, correspondence, memos, office files, research files, technical assistance case files, staff photos, workshop packets and educational materials, questionnaires, and studies, dated 1978-1985. The records detail the entire range of operations of the Council during its existence and include such major programs as investigation of complaints against prosecutors, technical assistance to prosecutors, continuing education, and studies to improve prosecution in Texas. The records include the office files of John Cook, who was the legal counsel and later the acting director of the Council.
Quantity: 28 cubic ft.
Language These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The 65th Legislature created the Texas Prosecutors Coordinating Council in 1977 (Senate Bill 113) to provide a centralized agency of the judiciary capable of delivering technical assistance, educational services, and professional development training to prosecutors throughout the state. The Council was composed of nine members which included four citizens and five prosecutors. The four citizen members could not be licensed to practice law and were appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate. The five prosecutor members had to be incumbent, elected prosecuting attorneys and were chosen by other prosecutors in an election and had to include at least one county attorney, one district attorney, and one criminal district attorney. The Council appointed an Executive Director to manage the everyday operations and represent the Council in any court case in which the Council was a party. The name of the Council was changed in 1981 by the 67th Legislature to the Texas Prosecutor Council, but its structure remained unchanged.

The Council was responsible for operations related to prosecuting attorneys' offices throughout the state. The council had authority to: accept and investigate complaints of prosecuting attorney incompetency and misconduct; develop and adopt minimum standards for the operation of prosecuting attorneys' offices; approve courses for in-service training and professional development of prosecuting attorneys, their assistants, and staff, and provide travel expenses for professional development counsel; respond to requests for technical assistance from prosecuting attorneys; receive and consider suggestions to improve the administration of criminal justice, and investigate such matters as may be referred to the Council by the governor or the legislature; cooperate and coordinate with the Texas Judicial Council to improve the maintenance and reporting of criminal justice statistics; coordinate with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) to carry out these provisions; respond to the request of a judge for recommendations regarding the appointment of a special prosecutor in case of a disqualification of the prosecuting attorney; and take such action as may be appropriate for the improvement and more efficient administration of criminal justice.

The Prosecutor Council came up for sunset review in 1984 and the staff of the Sunset Advisory Commission determined that cost savings and better coordination could result from the transfer of the Council's functions to other state agencies. The Sunset Advisory Commission adopted this recommendation and the Texas Prosecutor Council was abolished as of September 1, 1985. Agencies that are responsible for the same functions as the Prosecutor Council include the State Bar of Texas, Office of the Attorney General, and Texas Judicial Council.

(Sources include: statutes, Guide to Texas State Agencies, 6th ed; Handbook of Governments in Texas, October 1977, December 1983; Sunset Commission records.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Prosecutor Council was a centralized agency of the judiciary responsible for delivering technical assistance, educational services, and professional development training to prosecutors throughout the state. Records from the Council include annual reports, minutes, staff reports, correspondence, memos, office files, research files, technical assistance case files, staff photos, workshop packets and educational materials, questionnaires, and studies, dated 1978-1985. The records detail the entire range of operations of the Council and its predecessor, the Texas Prosecutors Coordinating Council, during its existence and include such major programs as investigation of complaints against prosecutors, technical assistance to prosecutors, continuing education, and studies to improve prosecution in Texas. The records include the office files of John Cook, who was the legal counsel and later the acting director of the Council.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into seven series by State Archives staff:
Annual reports, 1981-1984, 0.5 cubic ft.
Minutes, 1979-1985, 1 cubic ft.
John Cook's office files, 1980-1982, 1 cubic ft.
Correspondence and research files, 1978-1985, 9 cubic ft.
Technical assistance, 1980-1985, 5.5 cubic ft.
Training programs, 1980-1985, 7 cubic ft.
  • Crime Biters Program, 1981-1984, 0.5 cubic ft.
  • Law Enforcement Instructor Training Workshops, 1980-1982, 0.5 cubic ft.
  • Law Enforcement Workshops, 1980-1985, 4 cubic ft.
  • Courses, 1982-1984, 2 cubic ft.
Studies, 1979-1984, 4 cubic ft.
  • Status of Prosecution Study, 1979-1981, 3 cubic ft.
  • Budget Update Study, 1981-1983, 0.8 cubic ft.
  • Sentencing questionnaire, 1984, 0.2 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code, §552.101), home address of prosecutor's office employee (V.T.C.A., Government Code, §552.1175), and access device information (V.T.C.A., Government Code, §552.136), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas Prosecutors Coordinating Council.
Subjects:
Prosecution--Texas.
Public prosecutors--Texas.
Public prosecutors--Training of--Texas.
Prosecution--Study and teaching--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Prosecution--1979-1985.
Correspondence--Texas--Prosecution--1979-1985.
Minutes--Texas--Prosecution--1979-1985.
Questionnaires--Texas--Prosecution--1979-1985.
Functions:
Assisting prosecutors.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
None.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1989/158

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Prosecutor Council via the State Purchasing and General Services Commission on June 14, 1989.

Processing Information

Paul B. Beck, February 1990

Finding aid converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO, July 2003

Finding aid revised for DACS compliance and to update restriction statements by Tonia Wood, January 2010

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Annual reports, 1981-1984,
0.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Prosecutor Council reported to the governor and the legislature on or before December 1 of each year regarding all of its proceedings, recommended changes in jurisdictions, needed funding for local offices, and other matters to improve local prosecution within the state. This series consists of printed annual reports issued by the Council, as required by statute, dated 1981-1984. The reports include a general narrative discussion, a financial statement, summaries of major requests for assistance by prosecutors, and disciplinary proceedings against prosecutors.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Annual reports, Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box Folder
1989/158-1 1. 1981
2. 1982
3. 1983
4. 1984

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Minutes, 1979-1985,
1 cubic ft.

Records consist of minutes from the Texas Prosecutors Coordinating Council and the Texas Prosecutor Council meetings, dated 1979-1985. From September 1979 to June 1982 the minutes also contain notes of staff meetings and monthly reports from the Council's legal counselor and executive director. Copies of staff memos regarding the operations and activities of the Council are also present.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes, Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box Folder
1989/158-2 1. 1979-1980
2. 1980-1981
3-4. 1982
5. September 7, 1982
6. September 30, 1982
7. December 9-10, 1982
8. January 31, 1983
9. April 4, 1983
10. September 27, 1983
11. November 2-3, 1983
12. January 5-6, 1984
13. April 6, 1984
14. May 10-11, 1984
15. June 27, 1984
16. August 29, 1984
17. September 26, 1984
18. January 23-24, 1985
19. June 27, 1985

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John Cook's office files, 1980-1982,
1 cubic ft.

John Cook held several administrative positions with the Texas Prosecutor Council (TPC) including Legal Counselor and Acting Director. These files are the office files of John Cook and include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memos, notes from staff and council meetings, and copies of articles, legal cases, and newspaper clippings, dating from 1980 to 1982. The files reflect on Cook's activities on the Council.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), John Cook's office files, Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box Folder
1989/158-3 1. Minutes - Council Meetings, 1981-1982
2. McInnis v. State, 1981
3. Court of Criminal Appeals - Amendment to Rules, 1982
4. Election Rules, TPC, 1981-1982
5. Election Laws Manual, TPC, 1980
6. Election Laws Manual, TPC, 1980
7. Fireworks News Release, 1982
8. Forfeiture, 1981-1982
9. Hypnotic Evidence, 1981
10. Insurance Materials, 1980-1982
11. Judgment Forms - Tarrant County, 1981
12. Juveniles - Interstate Compact, 1981
13. Legislative Summaries - 67th Legislature, 1981
14. Mexico, Convention with - translations, 1982
15. Minimum Standards [Ethics], Committee, 1981-1982
16. Minimum Standards [Ethics], Adverse to the State, 1981-1982
17. Minimum Standards [Ethics], Other Disciplinary Matters, 1982
18. Prosecutor Discretion, 1982
19. Prosecutor Immunity Materials, 1980
20. Prosecution Qualifications and Vacancies, 1981-1982
21. Public Relations Projects, 1980
22. Publications - Fees, Copyright, etc., 1980- 1981
23. Rape Info, 1981
24. Search and Seizure, 1980-1982
25. Sentencing and Pre-sentencing Materials, 1982
26. Professional Development Courses - Proposal Requests, 1981-1982
27. Workshops - Law Enforcement Personnel, 1980- 1981
28. Notes re: [TPC] Newsletter, 1981-1982
29. Staff Meetings and Council Meetings (Notes), 1980-1982
30. State's Attorney - Huttash (materials), 1980
31. Statutory Classification System, 1980-1981
32. Subpoena Duces Tecum - Form, 1982
33. Technical Assistance Contracts, 1981
34. Travel Requests - Backup Material, 1982
35. Typo Error in Indictment, 1980
36. Waiver of Counsel, 1980
37. War Against Drugs - Materials, 1980-1981
38. Wire Tap Materials, 1980
39. Smith v. Hightower - Amicus Curiae Brief of TPC, 1982
40. Special Prosecutors, 1982
41. Legislation, 1980-1981

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Correspondence and research files, 1978-1985,
9 cubic ft.

These files are the general administrative records of the Texas Prosecutor Council. They document the day-to-day operations of the Council as well as the professional services the Council provided to prosecutors such as continuing education workshops and courses, technical assistance, information services, and studies on prosecution practices in Texas. Types of records present include incoming and outgoing correspondence, internal memos, reports, copies of legislative bills, prosecution and law enforcement reference manuals, and group photos of the members of the Texas Prosecutor Council and its staff, covering the period 1978-1985. The records include a wide array of subjects, correspondents and types of materials. Correspondents include prosecutors, state legislators, the governor's office, state agencies, Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), State Bar of Texas, and law enforcement officials and organizations.
Arrangement
The Council divided their administrative records into broad subject categories and filed them by topic. These topic headings include general office, legislation, grants, professional ethics, public relations, reports, sunset process, training courses and reference manuals. Files are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence and research files, Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Office - General
Box Folder
1989/158-4 1. Office Memos, 1979-1982
2. General Information Inquiries, 1983-1984
3. General Information Inquiries, 1982-1983
4. Office - General, 1981-1983
5. Memos from John Cook and Oscar Sherrell, 1982-1983
6. Memos from John Cook and Oscar Sherrell, 1981-1982
7. General Correspondence, 1983
8. Letters of Appreciation, 1984
9. State Agency Inquiries, FY 1982
10. Office of Court Administration - Texas Judicial Council, 1979-1984
11. Attorney General's Office, 1984-1985
12. Attorney General's Office, 1980-1984
13. Attorney General Prosecution Assistance Evaluation, 1979-1980
14. Attorney General Prosecution Assistance Evaluation Grant (final materials), 1980
15. Secretary of State, 1981-1984
16. Secretary of State - Election Code Violations, 1980
17. Secretary of State - Registration Before State Agencies, 1981
18. Texas Register, 1984-1985
Box Folder
1989/158-5 1. Texas Register, 1978-1984
2. State Bar of Texas, 1979-1984
3. Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) Correspondence, Minutes, 1981-1985
4. TDCAA Grants, 1978-1982
5. TDCAA Coordination, 1982
6. TDCAA, Regional Meetings Information, 1983
7. TDCAA and Council Coordination, 1983-1984
8. TDCAA, Michael J. McCormick (Personal), 1980
9. TDCAA Board Meeting - Corpus Christi, 1984
10. TDCAA, Woodcreek Meeting, 1983
11. Capitol Credit Union, 1979
12. Department of Community Affairs - Drug Abuse Treatment Planning Task Force, 1980
13. Drug Abuse Planning Task Force (materials handed out at first meeting), 1980
14. Texas Commission on Alcoholism, 1980-1982
15. DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) Advisory Committee, 1981
16. DWI - General, 1983-1984
17. Texas Adult Probation Commission - Pre- sentence Task Force, 1980-1984
18. Texas Adult Probation Commission - Shock Probation Survey, 1980
19. Department of Human Resources, 1980
20. Department of Human Resources - Multidisciplinary Institute for Child Sexual Intervention and Treatment, 1983-1984
21. Board of Pardons and Paroles, 1980
22. Board of Pardons and Paroles - Statement of Facts Forms, undated
23. Correspondence with State Agencies, 1981-1983
24. Correspondence with State Associations, 1981-1984
25. State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, 1983-1984
Box Folder
1989/158-6 1. Texas 1986 Sesquicentennial Commission, 1981-1984
2. Department of Health, 1984
3. Grant Review of Other Agencies by TPC for the Governor's Office, 1982
4. United Way Campaign, 1982
5. Americans for Effective Law Enforcement, 1982
6. Crime Biters Program, 1983
7. Prosecutor Associations (NCDA, NDAA, etc.), 1983-1985
8. Computerization Information, 1983-1984
9. State Telecommunications, 1984
10. Opinion Research Service - Texas Poll, 1984
11. Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards, 1984
12. State's Attorneys' Coordinator, University of Maryland, 1984-1985
13. Texas Board of Private Investigators, Private Security Agencies, 1983
14. Texas Council on Crime and Delinquency, 1984
15. Governor's Office - Criminal Justice Division (CJD), CJD Grant - FY 1985, Appropriations Act, 1984
16. Governor's Office - Criminal Justice Division (CJD), CJD Grant - Crime Biter Program, 1984
Office - Public Relations
Box Folder
1989/158-6 17. Public Relations - General, 1979-1982
18. Compliments, 1979-1984
19. H. Ross Perot, 1980
20. Grant Sources - Moody Foundation, 1978
Sunset Process
Box Folder
1989/158-6 21. Sunset Review - General, 1981-1983
22. Staff Report to the Sunset Advisory Commission, 1984
Office - Reports
Box Folder
1989/158-7 1. Indicators of Goal Achievements, Backup information, FY 1979
2. Indicators of Goal Achievements, FY 1980
3. Indicators of Goal Achievements, Backup information, FY 1980
4. Indicators of Goal Achievements, FY 1981
5. Executive Director Reports, 1981-1985
6. General Correspondence, 1979; 1984
7. Annual Report, 1978
8. Annual Report, 1979
9. Annual Report, 1980
10. Annual Report, 1981
11. Annual Report, 1982
12. Financial Report, FY 1980
13. Financial Report, FY 1981
14. Annual Report of Federal Funds, 1982
15. Monthly Disciplinary Report, 1982-1983
16. Summary of Major Requests for Prosecutorial Assistance, 1982-1984
17. Annual Report, 1983
18. Annual Report, 1984
Legislative - General
Box Folder
1989/158-7 19. General, 1982
20. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) Funding, 1980
21. House of Representatives (Texas) - Committee on Health Services, 1980
22. House Judicial Affairs Committee (Texas) - 67th Legislature, 1980
23. Legislative Budget Board, 69th Legislature, 1985
Legislation
Box Folder
1989/158-7 24. Article 332d, 1979-1982
25. Legislative - General, 67th Session, 1980-1981
26. Legislation - 67th, Miscellaneous Suggestions, 1980
27. TDCAA (Texas and District County Attorneys Association) Legislative Package, 67th Session, 1981
28. Special Interest Bills Passed, 67th Session, 1981
29. Miscellaneous Materials and Mailouts re: Legislative Session, 1981-1984
30. Article 332d - Prosecutor Council Act, 1980
31. Article 332d - Prosecutor Council Act, 1981
Box Folder
1989/158-8 1. Representation Before Court of Criminal Appeals, 1978
2. Retirement - District Attorneys, 1978
3. Juvenile Jurisdiction - H.B. 967, 1979
4. Proposed Legislation, 1981-1983
5. Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, 1983
6. Texas Legislative Service - Bills Passed by the 64th Legislature, 1975
Legislature - House of Representatives
Box Folder
1989/158-8 7. House of Representatives - 67th Legislature, 1981
8. House of Representatives - 68th Legislature, 1983
9. Committee on Appropriations, 1984-1985
10. Report to House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, 1984
11. House of Representatives - 69th Legislature, 1985
Legislative - Senate
Box Folder
1989/158-8 12. 69th Legislature - Senators, 1985
13. 69th Legislature - Senate Jurisprudence Committee Reports, 1985
14. Senate Jurisprudence Committee (Weekly Report), 67th Legislature, 1981-1982
15. Senate - 67th and 68th Legislature, 1981-1985
Legislative - Governor
Box Folder
1989/158-8 16. Governor's Office, 1979-1983
17. Governor Mark White, 1983-1985
18. Governor Clements Crime Control Package, 1980-1982
19. General Counsel's Office, 1982
20. Criminal Justice Division, 1983
21. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Correspondence, 1981-1985
22. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Corrections, 1982-1983
23. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Special Interim Committee on Criminal Justice, 1982
24. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Juvenile Survey Committee, 1983
25. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Drug Abuse Subcommittee Minutes, 1983
26. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Public Education and Awareness Subcommittee, 1983
Box Folder
1989/158-9 1. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Meeting, 1983
2. Drug Abuse Committee, 1983
Training Courses
Box Folder
1958/158-10 1. Contract Courses - General, 1984
2. Consultant Contract - Investigator, 1984
3. Investigators' School, 1985
4. Investigators' School - Child Abuse Program, 1984-1985
5. Investigators' School - Contract File, 1982-1983
6. Basic Prosecution Course, 1983
7. Basic Prosecution Course, 1984
8. Basic Prosecution Course, 1985
9. Capital Murder Seminar - Subcommittee, 1984
10. Capital Murder Prosecution Seminar, 1984
11. DWI Course, 1985
12. Search and Seizure Seminar, 1985
13. Ethics Course, Correspondence, 1983-1984
14. Ethics Course, Problems for the Course, 1983
15. Ethics Course, Handouts and Helpful Hints, 1983
16. Ethics Course, Legal Opinions, undated
17. Ethics Course, Course Evaluations, 1983
Professional Ethics
Box Folder
1989/158-11 1. Discipline - General Inquiries, 1984-1985
2. Ethics - True Bill Articles, 1984
3. Reducing Charges, 1979-1981
4. State Bar - Ethics Committee, Opinion #399, Prosecutor as Witness, 1981
5. Ethics Opinion #399, 1981
6. Code of Criminal Procedure, Art. 2.08, Adverse to the State, 1981
7. Prosecutorial Immunity, 1980
8. TPC Advisory Committee Meeting, 1981
9. Subcommittee of Advisory Committee to Develop Statement of Facts Form, 1982
10. "The Prosecutor Council - Duties and Services," June, 1979
Reference Manuals
Box Folder
1989/158-28 1. Jimmy Hall's Master's Thesis - "The Texas Prosecutorial System: What is Wrong and How It Can be Fixed," 1982
2. Texas Juvenile Officers' Manual, 1980
3. The Prosecutor's Manual on Economic Crime, National District Attorneys Association, 1977
4. Project STAR - System Training Analysis of Requirements for Criminal Justice Participants, 1974
5. Attorney General's Advocacy Institute - Trial Advocacy Course notebook, 1979
6-7. California District Attorneys Association Manual, 1979
8-9. Prosecutor Coordinator Deskbook - National District Attorneys Association, 1977
10. Texas Prosecutor Council - Reference Book for FY 1983
Group Photos - Prosecutor Council and Staff
Box Folder
1989/158-1 5. Council Members Group Photo, 1978
6. Council Members Group Photo, 1979
7. Council Members Group Photo, 1980
8. Council Members Group Photo, 1981
9. Council Members Group Photo, 1982
10-11. Annual Banquet, Staff Group Photos, 1983
12. Group Photo, undated

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Technical assistance, 1980-1985,
5.5 cubic ft.

One of the major legislative mandates of the Texas Prosecutor Council was to provide technical assistance for prosecutors. Records consist of technical assistance requests, other correspondence, committee meeting notes, copies of legal briefs and court opinions, newsletters, and reference materials used by the Council, dating 1980-1985. Technical assistance involved interpretation of laws, resolving conflicts of interest, hiring experts, or possibly providing a special prosecutor. The assistance could be simply over the telephone or it could be major assistance involving in-house research or on-site visits with the use of outside experts or special prosecutors. Funding for such major assistance was originally provided through a grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office but later the local prosecutors had to bear as much of this cost as possible. The Council also provided technical assistance in the development of reference manuals for prosecutors on specific issues, such as properly drafting indictments or trying hot check cases. The technical assistance requests are filed by name of the requesting prosecutor. Usually the only items in these request files are cover correspondence from prosecutors asking for assistance and a certified mail receipt because the Prosecutor Council returned all other records from each case file to the initiating prosecuting office via certified mail. Documentation of assistance efforts of the Council can be found, however, among the records in this series. For example, some of the request files contain copies of legal documents including amicus curiae briefs filed by the Council. The reference materials concentrate on the development of the indictment, hot check, and civil law manuals for prosecutors by the Council.
Arrangement
General materials are filed first, followed by technical assistance requests filed by the name of the requesting prosecutor, and finally, reference materials, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), Technical assistance, Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
General Materials
Box Folder
1989/158-19 1. Retirement Assistance, 1980-1981
2. Requests to be Appointed Special Prosecutor, 1985
3. Technical Assistance Advisory Committee, 1984
4. Technical Assistance Advisory Committee, 1983
5. Technical Assistance Advisory Committee, 1982
6. Advisory Committee Meeting, Originals, 1983
7. Advisory Committee, Meetings, 1982-1983
8. Advisory Committee, General, FY 1985
9. Advisory Committee, Subcommittee File, FY 1985
10. Hot Check Guidelines Subcommittee, 1984
11. Subcommittee on Guidelines, 1980
12. Subcommittee on Attorney General Opinions, 1980
13. Subcommittee on Regions, 1980
14. Technical Assistance Contract Forms, 1980
15. Technical Assistance - General, 1980-1984
16. War Against Drugs, 1980
17. Attorney General Authorization, 1980-1981
18. Indictment Bank, 1980-1981
19. Rider 42, 1981
20. Technical Assistance Authority, 1980
21. Technical Assistance Inquiries, 1984-1985
22. True Bill Newsletter - Technical Assistance Articles, 1983-1984
23. Advisory Bulletins, 1983-1984
24. Mental Health Code Task Force, 1983
25. Wiretapping Course, 1984
26. Regional Meetings, 1984
27. Attorney General's Conference on Child Abuse, 1984
28. Inventory of Special Prosecutors, 1985
29. Attorney General Opinion Briefs or Considerations, 1983-1984
30. Attorney General Opinion Request from Dale Hanna, County Attorney, 1985
31. Attorney General Opinion - Wood County Auditor, 1985
Technical Assistance Requests
Box Folder
1989/158-19 32. Assistance/Amicus Curiae - Bill Meitzen, Fort Bend County, 1984
33. Assistance/Amicus Curiae - Pannell v. State, Hunt County, 1984
34. Assistance - Rusk County, Helen Lawson v. State of Texas, 1979-1980
35. Assistance - Samuel Hawkins v. State of Texas, 1980
Box Folder
1989/158-20 1. Assistance, Tarrant County, Amicus Brief, Woodie Lourdes v. State, 1981
2. Assistance/Amicus Curiae, Chavez v. State, 1981
3-4. Smith v. Hightower, 1982
5. Assistance/Amicus Curiae, Faryl John Granger v. State, 1982
6. Assistance/Amicus Curiae, Rusk County, Rogers v. State, Folder 1, 1983
Box Folder
1989/158-21 1. Assistance/Amicus Curiae, Rusk County, Rogers v. State, Folder 2, 1980-1982
2. Assistance/Amicus Curiae, Hopkins County, James Chapman, District Attorney, 1980
3. Tom Sehon, Falls County, 1983
4. Shelly Hilliard, Newton County, 1983
5. Ralph Kinsey, Dawson County, 1983
6. Andy J. McMullen, 220th Judicial District, 1983
7. Bill Ewert, Kleberg County Attorney, 1983
8. Jerry Cobb, Denton County, 1983
9. Steve Cross, 84th Judicial District, 1983
10. Mike Wade, 143rd Judicial District, 1983
11. Neal Pfeiffer, Bastrop County, 1981-1985
12. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1981
13. Billy J. Marley, Crosby County, 1981
14. James L. Chapman, Hopkins County, 1981
15. Tom Wells, Lamar County, 1981
16. Herb Hancock, 145th Judicial District, 1981
17. Gene Heatly, 46th Judicial District, 1981
18. Bob Gage, Freestone County, 1981-1985
19-21. Phil Adams, Cooke County, 1981
22. John Montford, Lubbock County, 1981
23. John S. Walker, Shelby County, 1980
24. G. Dwayne Pruitt, Terry County, 1981
25. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1982
26. Richard Handorf, 3rd Judicial District, 1982
27. Phil Adams, Cooke County, 1982
28. William Wright, Orange County, 1982
29. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1982
30. John Montford, Lubbock County, 1982
31. Tom Lee, 63rd Judicial District, 1982
32. Mark S. Ward, Walker County, 1982
33. Patrick D. Barber, Mitchell County, 1982
34. Rob Foster, Gregg County, 1982
35. Thomas H. Fowler, Red River County, 1982
36. Ron Sutton, 198th Judicial District, 1982
37. Phil L. Adams, 235th Judicial District, 1982
38. Travis B. Bryan, 85th Judicial District, 1982
39. Patricia Elliot, Taylor County, 1982
40. Thomas Bridges, 36th Judicial District, 1982
41. Tim Curry, Tarrant County, 1981
42. John S. Walker, 123rd Judicial District, 1981
43. G. Dwayne Pruitt, Terry County, 1981
44. James Chapman, 8th Judicial District, 1981
45. Warden Terry, San Saba County, 1981
46. William Wright, Orange County, 1980
47. Hunter Brush, Smith County, 1981
48. Joe Warner Bell, Trinity County, 1981
49. Louis Conradt, Kaufman County, 1981
50. Tim Curry, Tarrant County, 1981
51. Louis Raffaelli, Bowie County, 1981
52. Tommy Culver, Fort Bend County, 1981
53. Pat Beadle, Red River County, 1980
54. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1981
55. Randy Sherrod, Randall County, 1981
56. Guy James Gray, Jasper County, 1981
57. Tom Fowler, Red River County, 1981
58. R.F. Horka, Hardin County, 1981-1982
59. Robert W. Gage, Freestone County, 1981
60. John Montford, Lubbock County, 1981
61. Tom Wells, Lamar County, 1981
62. James F. Hury, Galveston County, 1981
63. Thomas B. Sehon, Falls County, 1981
64. Knute Dietze, Victoria County, 1979
65. Arthur Eads, 27th Judicial District, 1979
66. Neal Pfeiffer, Bastrop County, 1980
67. Bill White, Bexar County, 1980
68. Bill Paul, 97th Judicial District, 1980
69. Hunter Brush, Smith County, 1980
70. Robert Gage, Freestone County, 1980
71. James Chapman, 8th Judicial District, 1980
72. Charles Houston, 155th Judicial District, 1980
73. Brock Smith, 235th Judicial District, 1980
74. Bill Paul, 97th Judicial District, 1980
75. Joe Thigpen, 39th Judicial District, 1980
76. Richard Davis, Van Zandt County, 1980
77. Gerald Goodwin, 159th Judicial District, 1980
78. H.E. Bert Gubbels, Fort Bend County, 1980
79. Walter Holcomb, 143rd Judicial District, 1980
80. Tom Lee, 63rd Judicial District, 1980
81. Dick Brainerd, Oldham County, 1980
82. Jerry Cobb, Denton County, 1979
83. Roland Saul, Deaf Smith County, 1978
84. Deaf Smith County, State v. Riggall, 1979
Box Folder
1989/158-22 1. Robert Gage, Freestone County, 1984-1985
2. Tony Hileman, Marion County, 1984-1985
3. Brock Smith, 271st Judicial District, 1984
4. Sam Millsap, Bexar County, 1984
5. Tom Lee, 63rd Judicial District, 1984
6. Phil Zeigler, 52nd Judicial District, 1984
7. Tom Cameron, Crockett County, 1984
8. Tom Sehon, Falls County, 1984-1985
9. Rick Hamby, 118th Judicial District, 1984
10. Thomas Fowler, Red River County, 1984-1985
11. Nick Woodall, Rockwall County, 1984-1985
12. Barry Macha, Wichita County, 1985
13. Al Schorre, Midland County, 1985
14. Wiley L. Cheatham, 24th Judicial District, 1985
15. William Meitzen, Fort Bend County, 1985
16. Stephen C. Howard, Orange County, 1985
17. Phil Adams, 235th Judicial District, 1985
18. Warren New, Yoakum County, 1985
19. H. Ownby, Collin County, 1985
20. Wiley L. Cheatham, 24th Judicial District, 1985
21. Gene Compton, 84th Judicial District, 1985
22. S. Dorbandt Carroll, Anderson County, 1985
23. Marcus D. Taylor, Wood County, 1985
24. James Keeshan, 9th Judicial District, 1985
25. Richard Handorf, 3rd Judicial District, 1985
26. Vic Feazell, McLennan County, 1985
27. Jimmy McCullough, Robertson County, 1985
28. Stephen Ellis, 35th Judicial District, 1985
29. Ed Walsh, 26th Judicial District, 1983
30. James Keeshan, 9th Judicial District, 1983
31. B.F. Hicks, Franklin County, 1983
32. John B. Holmes, Jr., Harris County, 1983
33. Luther Jones, El Paso County, 1983
34. Brock Smith, Jack County, 1983
35. Jim Bob Darnell, Lubbock County, 1983
36. Jack Willingham, 259th Judicial District, 1983
37. Bill Turner, 85th Judicial District, 1983
38. Ed Walsh, 26th Judicial District, 1983
39. Johnny Actkinson, 287th Judicial District, 1984
40. Thomas L. Bridges, 36th Judicial District, 1984-1985
41. Henry Wade, Dallas County, 1984-1985
42. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1984-1985
43. Charles Chapman/Joe Thigpen, Haskell County, 1984-1985
44. James Warren Smith, Frio County, 1984-1985
45. H. Ownby, Collin County, 1984
46. Pat Batchelor, 1985
47. Dale Hanna, Johnson County, 1984-1985
48. Cappy Eads, 27th Judicial District, 1984
49. Louis Conradt, Jr., Kaufman County, 1984
50. Dennis Patman Jones, Cass County, 1984
51. Jimmy A. Ashby, 29th Judicial District, 1984
52. Patrick Simmons, Limestone County, 1984
53. Joe Warner Bell, Trinity County, 1984
54. Emory C. Walton, Eastland County, 1984
55. Tim Curry, Tarrant County, 1984-1985
56. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1984
57. Gene Heatly, 46th Judicial District, 1984
58. Frank Blazek, Walker County, 1984
59. Mac Smith, 43rd Judicial District, 1984
60. Pablo Avila, Zavala County, 1984
61. James Rasmussen, Wichita County, 1984
62. Warren G. Tabor, 286th Judicial District, 1984
63. Robert Scheske, Gonzales County, 1984
64. Richard Hatch, San Patricio County, 1984
65. Phil Adams, 235th Judicial District, 1984
66. Charles Penick, Bastrop County, 1984
67. Bill Mason, 112th Judicial District, 1984
68-69. Bruce Roberson, Ochiltree County, 1984-1985
70. Mark Humble, Milam County, 1984-1985
71. Rolando Ramirez, 79th Judicial District, 1982
72. Henry Wade, Dallas County, 1982
73. Edward Walsh, Williamson County, 1984
74-75. Vern F. Martin, 142nd Judicial District, 1983
76. Jeffrey Van Horn, Caldwell County, 1982
77. James W. Smith, Frio County, 1982
78. John Knorpp, Donley County, 1982
79. Bill Mason, 112th Judicial District, 1982
80. Frank Blazek, Walker County, 1982
81. Don Grissom, 266th Judicial District, 1982
82. Jack Willingham, 259th Judicial District, 1982
83. Tom Fowler, Red River County, 1982
84. Gerald Goodwin, 159th Judicial District, 1983
85. Ken Granzin, Runnels County, 1983
86. Mac Smith, 43rd Judicial District, 1983
87. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1983
88. Tom Wells, Lamar County, 1983
89. Louis Rafaelli, Bowie County, 1983
90. Reynaldo Cantu, Jr., Cameron County, 1983
91. Sam Millsap, Jr., Bexar County, 1983
92. Neal Pfeiffer, Bastrop County, 1983
93. Ron Sutton, 198th Judicial District, 1983
94. Dan Meehan, Fannin County, 1983
95-96. Bill Mason, 112th Judicial District, 1983
97. Robert E. McCool, Callahan County, 1983
98. William L. Schroeder, 22nd Judicial District, 1983
99. John S. Walker, 123rd Judicial District, 1983
100. Mark Humble, Milam County, 1983
101. Pat Batchelor, Navarro County, 1983
102. Edna Cisneros, Willacy County, 1983
103. Jim Bob Darnell County, Lubbock county, 1983
Technical Assistance Reference Material
Box Folder
1989/158-23 1. Arson, 1981
2. Civil Liabilities - (Arson), about 1980
3. Deferred Adjudication, about 1980
4. Capital Murder, 1975-1980
5. Expunction of Records, about 1980
6. Jail Time Credit, 1979
7. Opinions, 1979
8. Civil Manual, Information, 1982-1984
9. Civil Manual, General, 1982-1983
10. Civil Manual, Drafts and Correspondence, 1983-1984
11. Indictment Manual, General, 1983-1984
12. Indictment Manual, Miscellaneous Forms, 1985
13. Indictment Manual, Collins' Drafts, 1979-1983
14. Indictment Manual, Last Revision, 1983-1984
Box Folder
1989/158-9 3. Hot Check Manual, 1981, 1984
4. Texas Fire and Arson Investigators Seminar, 1983
5. Victim/Witness Assistance, Technical Assistance, 1983-1984
6. Victim/Witness Assistance, Grant Request by Governor's Crime Victim Clearinghouse, 1984
7. Victim/Witness Assistance, Gerald Hill's Crime Victim Bill, about 1984
8. Victim/Witness Assistance, Crime Victim Clearinghouse, 1984-1985
9. Habeas Corpus Statistics, FY 1979
10. Prison Problems (Resource File), 1984-1985
11. Grant Operations for Prison Problems, 1984-1985

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Training programs, 1980-1985,
7 cubic ft.

The Texas Prosecutor Council provided educational services and professional development training for prosecutors. Records include correspondence, forms, worksheets, critiques, course contracts, and packets of educational materials from workshops, seminars and courses, dating 1980-1985. The Council concentrated its efforts in three areas: publications, professional development courses, and funds to attend training courses. Records in this series focus on professional development courses. These include the investigators' school, a basic prosecution course for new prosecutors, and law enforcement workshops.
Organization
These records are organized into four subseries by State Archives staff:
Crime Biters Program, 1981-1984, 0.5 cubic ft.
Law Enforcement Instructor Training Workshops, 1980-1982, 0.5 cubic ft.
Law Enforcement Workshops, 1980-1985, 4 cubic ft.
Courses, 1982-1984, 2 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Training programs, Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Crime Biters Program, 1981-1984,
0.5 cubic ft.
The Texas Crime Biters Program was designed by the Prosecutor Council to acquaint citizens with ways to prevent crime and protect themselves from criminals. Records include correspondence, reports, and packets of handouts and kits from several crime prevention programs presented in 1983. The Crime Biters Program included public meetings and handouts. Two versions of the program were developed: one for children and one for senior citizens. Funding for the programs was provided by a grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office. The programs were presented by investigators and sponsoring prosecutors, with the Council providing materials, travel expenses and other supportive services. Packets of handouts included tips on crime prevention, safe driving, safety in the home, or similar topics.
Box Folder
1989/158-12 1. Texas Crime Biters Program - Correspondence, Reports, Handouts, 1982-1983
2. Crime Biter Program, Senior Citizens, Temple, TX, 1983
3. Senior Crime Biter Program, Belton, TX, 1983
4. Crime Biter Youth Program, 1983
5. Youth Crime Prevention Kit, 1983
Law enforcement instructor training workshops, 1980-1982,
0.5 cubic ft.
The Status of Prosecution Study done by the Texas Prosecutor Council in 1980 revealed that law enforcement personnel often fail to provide prosecutors with the necessary and accurate information to prosecute a case successfully. Therefore, the Council developed a workshop to improve the skills in report writing of law enforcement personnel. Records include correspondence, forms, worksheets, and handouts from law enforcement workshops, 1980-1982. The Council proposed to train and use investigators from prosecutors' offices as the instructors for the law enforcement workshops. These records document the training of the investigators.
Box Folder
1989/158-12 6. Correspondence, 1982
7. Workshop, December 1982
8. Workshop, February 1982
9. Workshop, August 1981
10. Request for Instructors for Law Enforcement Workshop, April 1981
11. Extra Forms, 1981
12. Worksheets, Drafts, Handouts, etc., 1981
13. Public Relations, 1980-1981
Law enforcement workshops, 1980-1985,
4 cubic ft.
These records are from a series of workshops sponsored by the Texas Prosecutor Council to improve the report writing of law enforcement personnel. Records include correspondence, workshop agenda, critiques, and workshop handouts, dating 1980-1985. The Council wanted to improve the accuracy of the reports, from the viewpoint of the prosecutor. The workshops used prosecutors' investigators as instructors and utilized visiting prosecutors to explain the use of the police officer's report in the prosecutor's office. The workshops began in December 1980 and over 4,000 persons had taken part by 1985.
Administrative files
Box Folder
1989/158-13 1. Procedures File, Instructor Lesson Plan, 1981
2. Workshops - General Correspondence, 1980-1982
3. New Workshop Recommendations, 1982
4. Workshop Forms and Form Letters, undated
5. Proposed Law Enforcement Workshops and Schedule, 1983
Law Enforcement Workshops - Making a Winning Case
Box Folder
1989/158-13 6. Workshop - Ozona, TX, General Correspondence, December 1980
7. Workshop - Ozona, TX, Checklist/Agenda/Critique Handouts, December 1980
8. Workshop - Ozona, TX, Thank You Letters, December 1980
9. Workshop - Ozona, TX, Completed Critique Sheets, December 1980
10. Workshop - Ozona, TX, Investigator Manual Orders, December 1980
11. Workshop - Ozona, TX, Miscellaneous, December 1980
12. Workshop, Mineola, TX, General Correspondence, March 1981
13. Workshop, Mineola, TX, Checklist/Agenda/Critique Handouts, March 1981
14. Workshop, Mineola, TX, Thank You Letters, March 1981
15. Workshop, Mineola, TX, Completed Critique Sheets, March 1981
16. Workshop, Mineola, TX, Investigator Manual Orders, March 1981
17. Workshop, Mineola, TX, Reports by Officers Written at Workshop, March 1981
18. Workshop, Mineola, TX, Miscellaneous, March 1981
19. Workshop, Harlingen, TX, General Correspondence, May 7-8, 1981
20. Workshop, Harlingen, TX, Checklist/Agenda/Critique Handouts, May 7-8, 1981
21. Workshop, Harlingen, TX, (Making a Winning Case) Handouts, May 7-8, 1981
22. Workshop, Harlingen, TX, Thank You Letters, May 7-8, 1981
23. Workshop, Harlingen, TX, Critique Sheets, May 7-8, 1981
24. Workshop, Harlingen, TX, Miscellaneous, May 7-8, 1981
25. Workshop, Brenham, TX, Correspondence, September 2-3, 1981
26. Workshop, Brenham, TX, Checklist, Agenda, Handouts, September 2-3, 1981
27. Workshop, Brenham, TX, Critique Sheets, September 2-3, 1981
28. Workshop, Brenham, TX, Thank You Letters, September 2-3, 1981
29. Workshop, Weatherford, TX, Correspondence, September 23-24, 1981
30. Workshop, Weatherford, TX, Checklist, Agenda, Handouts, September 23-24, 1981
31. Workshop, Weatherford, TX, Critique Sheets, September 23-24, 1981
32. Workshop, Weatherford, TX, Thank You Letters, September 23-24, 1981
33. Law Enforcement Workshop - Cass County, 1981
34. Law Enforcement Workshop - New Braunfels, 1981
35. Workshop - Port Lavaca, Dan Heard, C.D.A., undated
Box Folder
1989/158-14 1. Odessa - Mike Holmes, 1981
2. Alpine - Sponsor, Aubrey Edwards, 1981
3. Floydada - Randy Hollums, 1981
4. Kerrville, 1981
5. Galveston, 1981
6. El Paso, 1982
7. Laredo, 1982
8. Commerce, 1982
9. Denton, 1982
10. McKinney, 1982
Box Folder
1989/158-15 1. Borger, 1982
2. Victoria (Port Lavaca), 1982
3. College Station, 1982
4. Silsbee, 1982
5. Abilene, 1982
6. Lufkin, 1982
7. Brownwood, 1982
8. Lubbock, 1983
9. Del Rio, 1983
10. Fort Stockton, 1983
11. Fort Worth, 1983
12. Waco, 1983
Box Folder
1989/158-16 1. Beaumont, 1983
2. Conroe, 1983
3. Longview/Tyler, 1983
4. Corpus Christi, 1984
5. Hillsboro, 1984
6. Amarillo, 1984
7. Wichita Falls, 1984
8. Texarkana, 1984
9. Denison, 1985
10. Seguin/Halletsville, 1985
11. Law Enforcement Workshops - General Material, 1983-1984
12. Sentencing Materials, 1984-1985
Courses, 1982-1984,
2 cubic ft.
The Texas Prosecutor Council sponsored several courses to improve the professional development of prosecutors and their staffs. Records include correspondence, critiques by course participants, attendance rosters, and course handouts, dating 1982-1984. These courses included the investigators' school, an annual update for experienced investigators from prosecutors' offices; the basic prosecution course, geared to the prosecutor with six months to one year of experience; and seminars on special topics such as updates on criminal law.
Box Folder
1989/158-17 1. Prosecutor Investigators School - Administrative, February 1982
2. Prosecutor Investigators School, Course Critiques, March-April 1982
3. Prosecutor Investigators School, Attendance Roster, March 1982
4. Prosecutor Investigators School, Handouts, 1982
5. Civil Law Seminar, Civil Responsibilities of Prosecutors Seminar, 1982
6. Civil Law Seminar, Critiques, April 1982
7. Civil Law Seminar, Handouts, April 1982
8. Civil Law Seminar, Attendance Rosters, April 1982
9. Basic Prosecution Course - Administrative, 1982
10. Basic Prosecution Course, Critique Summary, June 1982
11. Basic Prosecution Course, Critiques - Tuesday, June 1982
12. Basic Prosecution Course, Critiques - Wednesday, June 1982
13. Basic Prosecution Course, Critiques - Thursday, June 1982
14. Basic Prosecution Course, Handouts, 1982
15. Basic Prosecution Course, Attendance Roster, June 1982
16. Regional Education Seminars - Administrative, 1982
17. Regional Education Seminars, Critiques, 1982
Box Folder
1989/158-18 1. Regional Education Seminars, Handouts, 1982
2. Regional Education Seminars, Attendance Roster, 1982
3. Criminal Law Update Seminar, Administrative, 1982
4. Criminal Law Update Seminar, Critiques, October 1982
5. Criminal Law Update Seminar, Handouts, 1982
6. Criminal Law Update Seminar, Attendance Roster, 1982
7. Prosecutor Investigators School - General, 1983
8. Prosecutor Investigators School, 6th Annual School, March 1983
9. Prosecutor Investigators School, Critiques, March 1983
10. Prosecutor Investigators School, Handouts, 1983
11. Prosecutor Investigators School, Attendance Roster, March 1983
12. Prosecutor Investigators School - Course Schedule and Handouts, March 1984
13. Civil Manual - Correspondence, 1982
14. Basic Prosecution Course - Critiques, Handouts, etc., June 1983
15. Basic Prosecution Course - Attendance Roster, Critiques, Handouts, etc., June 1984

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Studies, 1979-1984,
4 cubic ft.

The legislature was interested in the improvement of criminal justice administration in Texas when it created the Prosecutor Council and one key concern was to improve the maintenance and reporting of criminal justice statistics. Accordingly, the Prosecutor Council conducted several intensive studies of prosecution offices and practices in Texas in an effort to fulfill this legislative mandate. Types of records include correspondence, staff memos, questionnaires, and statistical summaries, dated 1979-1984. Council collected data via special questionnaires it had designed, analyzed the information, and submitted it to the legislature. This provided an alternate source of criminal justice data for the legislature other than that supplied by the Office of Court Administration. Records are divided into the three studies, or surveys, done by the Prosecutor Council: Status of Prosecution Study, Budget Update Study, and Sentencing Questionnaire. Most of the records concern themselves with the development and analysis of the surveys and include questionnaire design, collection of questionnaires, and data analysis.
Organization
These records are organized into three subseries by State Archives staff:
Status of prosecution study, 1979-1981, 3 cubic ft.
Budget update study, 1981-1983, 0.8 cubic ft.
Sentencing questionnaire, 1984, 0.2 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Studies, Texas Prosecutor Council records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Status of prosecution study, 1979-1981,
3 cubic ft.
The 66th Legislature, via Senate Resolution 605, charged the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence to study, in cooperation with the Texas Prosecutors Coordinating Council, the quality and uniformity of criminal prosecution in Texas. Records of the prosecution study include copies of Senate Resolution 605, correspondence, Texas Prosecutor Council staff memos and monthly project report, questionnaires sent to and answered by prosecutors, meeting notes, questionnaire development, statistics, and a copy of the final report, entitled The Status of Prosecution in Texas, 1980. Records date from 1979 to 1981. In accordance with this resolution the Council received a grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office to conduct the study. The goals of the study were to develop minimum standards for staffing, compensation and equipment for prosecution offices; identify and classify the laws affecting prosecution; and, identify and evaluate present prosecution districts in Texas. A major component of the study, and reflected in the records, was a questionnaire sent out to prosecutors to gather statistical data on the funding and operations of prosecution offices. The study resulted in a number of recommendations in the Council's report to the Senate Jurisprudence Committee.
Box Folder
1989/158-24 1. General - Project, 1979-1980
2. Prosecutor Lists, 1980
3. State Agencies, 1979-1980
4. Regional Meetings, 1980
5. Questionnaire Development, 1979
6. Questionnaire (Part I and II), 1979
7. Prosecutor Correspondence re: Questionnaire, 1980
8. Completed Questionnaires - Part I, County Attorneys, 1980
9. Completed Questionnaires - Part I, District Attorneys, 1980
10. Completed Questionnaires - Part I, CDA (Criminal District Attorneys), 1980
11. Completed Questionnaires - Part I, CAFR (County Attorneys with Felony Responsibility), 1980
12. Completed Questionnaires - Part II (1 of 2), 1980
Box Folder
1989/158-25 1. Completed Questionnaires, Part II (2 of 2), 1980
2. Questionnaire Attachments and Comments, 1980
3-4. Questionnaire Analysis, 1980
5. Grant Information, 1980
6. County Budget Information on Prosecution Funding, 1980
Box Folder
1989/158-26 1. Salary Statement Affidavits, 1980-1981
2. Supplement Vouchers, 1979-1980
3. Computer Material, about 1980
4. Report - The Status of Prosecution in Texas, by the Texas Prosecutors Coordinating Council for the Senate Jurisprudence Committee, 1980
5. Critiques of Report, 1980
6. Correspondence re: Study, 1981
7. Supplement and Travel Proposal, 1980
8. Recommendations, 1980
9. Legal Salary Studies, 1979-1980
10. Interim Report, 1978
11. California Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee, 1979
12. Bureau of Social Science Research, 1979
13. Felipe Reyna - Survey, 1980
14. TAPC (Texas Adult Probation Commission) - Presentence Investigation Report, 1980
15. Law Enforcement Officer Training, 1980
16. Compensation, 1980
17. Study - Miscellaneous Papers re: Report, 1979-1980
Budget update study, 1981-1983,
0.8 cubic ft.
The Advisory Committee of the Texas Prosecutor Council asked the Council to update the budget information collected in the 1980 Status of Prosecution study. Types of records include correspondence, completed questionnaires, salary affidavits, questionnaire analysis and requests from prosecutors for data. The records date from 1981 to 1983. The Council Subcommittee on Services devised questions for a Budget Update Questionnaire for prosecutor offices. The questionnaire sought salary and budget information from prosecutors across the state including the amount of state and county funds available. Other sources of income were questioned including hot check fees, contracts with the Texas Department of Human Resources, drug and gambling forfeitures, and Criminal Justice Division grants. The information was used in planning budgets and to present to the Commissioners Courts and the 1983 legislature. The data gathered by the TPC was the only source available to the legislature on prosecutors' budgets besides the annual reports of the Office of Court Administration.
Box Folder
1989/158-27 1. Questionnaire Development, 1981
2. Questionnaires - the 3 types, 1983
3. Prosecutor Correspondence re: Questionnaire Form, 1982
4. Correspondence with Advisory Committee about Questionnaires, 1981-1982
5. Completed Budget Update Questionnaires, Regions 7 and 8 (and late arrivals), 1982
6. Completed Budget Update Questionnaires, Regions 5 and 6, 1982
7. Completed Budget Update Questionnaires, Regions 3 and 4, 1982
8. Completed Budget Update Questionnaires, Regions 1 and 2, 1982
9. Records Files Created for the Analysis, 1982
10. County Appropriation Analysis, 1982
11. Hot Check Fee Analysis, FY 1981
12. Questionnaire, [Salary Affidavits], 1981
13. [Blank Forms], 1981-1982
14. Who Answered the Questionnaire, 1982
15. Grants Analysis, 1982
16. Benefits and Tuition Analysis, 1982
17. Salary Analysis, 1982
18. Foster Request, 1982
19. County Supplement, 1982
20. Release of Information - Procedures, 1982
21. Info given over the phone on Individual Requests, 1982
22. Vandiver Request, 1982
23. Roades Request, 1982
24. Taparauskas Request, 1982
25. Foerster Request, 1982
26. TDCAA Request, 1982
Sentencing questionnaire, 1984,
0.2 cubic ft.
In 1984, the Texas Prosecutor Council conducted a survey of sentencing practices among prosecutors. These records consist almost exclusively of completed questionnaires. A questionnaire was sent out asking prosecutors how they felt about plea bargaining, sentencing guidelines, parole, community standards, and what the consequences would be if plea bargaining were abolished. Questionnaires are divided into returns by county attorneys, district attorneys, criminal district attorneys, and county attorneys with felony responsibilities. The responses were compiled into statistical percentages.
Box Folder
1989/158-27 27. General
28. County Attorneys
29. District Attorneys
30. Criminal District Attorneys
31. County Attorneys with Felony Responsibility

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