Texas Prison Centralization Commission:
An Inventory of Prison Centralization Commission Enabling Legislation and Report at the Texas State Archives, 1929
The Texas Prison Centralization Commission was created in 1929 by the 41st Legislature, 2nd Called Session, Senate Bill 49. It was composed of members of the Texas Board of Prison Commissioners, four members of the Senate (selected by the Lieutenant Governor), and five members of the House of Representatives (selected by the Speaker of the House). The Commission was to make a complete investigation of all matters pertaining to the concentration and relocation of the penitentiary system of the state and the rehabilitation thereof. They were to prepare an investigative report and a plan for changes to the prison system to present to the governor and legislature.
The Texas Prison Centralization Commission was created to investigate the concentration and relocation of the penitentiary system of the state of Texas. Files consist of the legislation that created the commission and its final report to the governor and legislature dating 1929. The report contains the recommendations of the majority of the Commission and includes suggestions on disposition of some current prison lands, financial status of the Texas Prison System, a plot plan and details for a central prison system, report of an architect, a land appraiser, a report by an engineer for levee protection of existing prison farms, and a minority report of Commission members disagreeing with the recommendations put forth by the majority of the Commission.
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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(Identify the item), Texas Prison Centralization Commission enabling legislation and report. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 2006/057, 2006/352
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on November 8, 2005 and April 17, 2006.
Laura K. Saegert, June 2006
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