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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence, 1991-1995,

Legislative bill files, 1993,

Audio cassette tapes concerning drug abuse, [1977?], 1983, 1986-1987, 1989,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, [1977?], 1983, 1986-1995 (bulk 1991-1995)



Overview

Creator: Texas. Criminal Justice Division.
Title: Records
Dates: [1977?], 1983, 1986-1995
Dates: (bulk 1991-1995)
Abstract: Types of records include correspondence, photographs, news clippings, copies of bills, bill analyses, and audio cassette tapes that date from [1977?], 1983, 1986 to 1995 (bulk 1991-1995) and are correspondence, legislative bill files, and recordings of the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor of Texas.
Quantity: 97 cubic ft.
Location: Please note that these records are stored at the State Records Center. Records requested before 10:00 a.m. will usually be available by 4:00 p.m. the same day. Records requested after 10:00 a.m. and before 3:00 p.m will usually be available the next day.
Language English.

Agency History

The Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor is responsible for preparing an annual state criminal justice plan that details goals, priorities, and standards for improving the criminal justice system. The division administers state and federal grant funds and awards funds to criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim service projects. Eligible applicants for these funds include state agencies, regional councils of governments, cities, counties, colleges and universities, private nonprofit corporations, independent school districts, and regional education service centers. Once the grants have been awarded, they are monitored, evaluated, and audited by the division. It also hosts town hall meetings statewide, which are designed to identify areas of public concern and to help develop more aggressive funding initiatives. In addition, the office provides interactive video conference training for existing and potential grantees. The Criminal Justice Division is the statewide headquarters for Texas Crime Stoppers and the Texas Narcotics Control Program.

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Scope and Contents

Types of records present include correspondence, photographs, news clippings, copies of bills, bill analyses, and audio cassettes. Records date from [1977?], 1983, 1986 to 1995 (bulk 1991-1995) and are correspondence, legislative bill files, and recordings of the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor of Texas. Most incoming letters are from prison inmates or from individual citizens concerned about an incarcerated family member or with some aspect of criminal justice. Some letters are from federal, state, or local officials. Most records were generated during the term of Governor Ann Richards. Legislative bill files are dated 1993 (73rd Legislature) and relate, for example, to the establishment of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and concealed handguns. Audio cassette tapes were created or gathered during Governor Bill Clements' term and are recordings relating to drug abuse, mostly of public hearings held by the Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse's subcommittees on drug policy and law enforcement.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into three series:
Correspondence, 1991-1995, 96 cubic ft.
Legislative bill files, 1993, 1 cubic ft.
Audio cassette tapes concerning drug abuse, [1977?], 1983, 1986-1987, 1989, fractional

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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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.
Subjects:
Prisoners--Legal status, laws, etc.
Drug abuse--Texas.
Prisoners--Texas.
Capital punishment--Texas.
Firearms--Law and legislation.
Gun control--Texas.
Criminal law--Texas.
Criminal justice, Administration of--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Prisoners--1991-1995.
Photographs--Texas--Criminal justice, Administration of--1991-1995.
Clippings--Texas--Criminal justice, Administration of--1991-1995.
Audio cassettes--Texas--Drug abuse--[1977?], 1983, 1986-1987, 1989.
Bills (legislative records)--Texas--Criminal law--1993.
Functions:
Advising on criminal justice.
Developing criminal law.

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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
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Records, 1849-2004, 170.08 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, Records, 1969-1979, 37 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, Records, 1982-1983, 1987-1988, 3.5 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, General Counsel records, 1973-1990, bulk 1987-1990, 24.5 cubic ft.
Texas Punishment Standards Commission records, 1983, 1986-1993, undated, bulk 1989-1993, 6.89 cubic ft.
Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Ann W. Richards Papers, 1933-2000, ca. 1500 ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Criminal Justice Division, Texas Office of the Governor. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/073, 1998/076

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor on February 3 and 9, 1998.

Processing Information

Lisa M. Hendricks, April 1998

Tonia J. Wood, May 2002

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence, 1991-1995,
96 cubic ft.

Records present are correspondence with some photographs and news clippings dating from January 1991 to January 1995. Records are correspondence files of the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor of Texas. Most incoming letters are from prison inmates or individual citizens concerned about an incarcerated family member or with some aspect of criminal justice. Some letters are from federal, state, or local officials. Letters are addressed to Governor Ann Richards or to personnel in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or the Texas Department of Public Safety, for example, with copies being sent to the governor's office as well.
Topics addressed in the correspondence include the death penalty, the need for gun control legislation, pleas for intervention in matters of prison sentencing, parole, or personal problems of prison inmates. Of particular interest are letters from members of Amnesty International (Box 67) stating opposition to the execution of Johnny Garrett on February 11, 1992. Another group of correspondence (Box 68) relates largely to mistreatment and abuse of prisoners in the Michael Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The 1993 letters relating to Waco and the Branch Davidian compound disaster and the violation of the civil rights of inmate Donald Thomas can be found in Boxes 69 and 70 respectively.
Most letters received an answer from the governor's office, though most answers were to inform correspondents that their letters were forwarded to other more appropriate officials or state agencies for resolution or assistance. Other letters are marked NRN on the cover sheet indicating that no reply was necessary. Incoming letters with attachments such as photographs or news clippings are stapled to copies of any outgoing letters from the governor's office together with cover sheets documenting the routing and handling of the incoming letters. Records marked "Miscellaneous Correspondence" primarily document incoming phone calls and faxes to the governor's office related to the criminal justice system.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in chronological order according to the date the letters were received by the governor's office, not by the dates either the incoming or the outgoing letters were written. Records marked "Miscellaneous Correspondence" are arranged in no apparent order.
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1 January 2, 1991 through February 30, 1991
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2 March 1, 1991 through April 5, 1991
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3 April 6, 1991 through April 22, 1991
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4 May 21, 1991 through June 10, 1991
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5 June 11, 1991 through June 30, 1991
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6 July 1, 1991 through July 16, 1991
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7 July 17, 1991 through August 8, 1991
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8 August 9, 1991 through August 20, 1991
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9 August 21, 1991 through September 12, 1991
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10 September 13, 1991 through September 30, 1991
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11 October 1, 1991 through October 17, 1991
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12 October 18, 1991 through November 4, 1991
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13 November 5, 1991 through November 21, 1991
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14 November 22, 1991 through December 9, 1991
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15 December 10, 1991 through December 31, 1991
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16 January 1, 1992 through January 14, 1992
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17 January 15, 1992 through February 4, 1992
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18 February 5, 1992 through February 20, 1992
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19 February 21, 1992 through March 2, 1992
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20 March 2, 1992 through March 9, 1992
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21 March 10, 1992 through March 18, 1992
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22 March 19, 1992 through March 29, 1992
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23 March 30, 1992 through April 6, 1992
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24 April 7, 1992 through April 14, 1992
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25 April 15, 1992 through April 21, 1992
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26 April 22, 1992 through April 27, 1992
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27 April 28, 1992 through May 4, 1992
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28 May 5, 1992 through May 12, 1992
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29 May 13, 1992 through May 18, 1992
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30 May 19, 1992 through June 2, 1992
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31 June 3, 1992 through June 10, 1992
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32 June 11, 1992 through June 23, 1992
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33 June 24, 1992 through June 30, 1992
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34 July 1, 1992 through July 17, 1992
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35 July 20, 1992 through July 29, 1992
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36 July 30, 1992 through August 12, 1992
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37 August 13, 1992 through August 25, 1992
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38 August 26, 1992 through September 9, 1992
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39 September 10, 1992 through September 30, 1992
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40 October 1, 1992 through October 23, 1992
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41 October 26, 1992 through November 6, 1992
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42 November 9, 1992 through November 17, 1992
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43 November 18, 1992 through November 30, 1992
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44 December 1, 1992 through December 14, 1992
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45 December 15, 1992 through December 31, 1992
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46 January 1, 1993 through January 20, 1993
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47 January 21, 1993 through January 28, 1993
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48 February 1, 1993 through February 18, 1993
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49 February 19, 1993 through March 8, 1993
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50 March 9, 1993 through March 23, 1993
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51 March 24, 1993 through April 8, 1993
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52 April 9, 1993 through April 24, 1993
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53 April 25, 1993 through May 5, 1993
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54 May 6, 1993 through May 25, 1993
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55 May 26, 1993 through June 11, 1993
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56 June 14, 1993 through July 23, 1993
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57 July 1, 1993 through July 15, 1993
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58 July 16, 1993 through August 1993
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59 August 3, 1993 through August 23, 1993
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60 August 24, 1993 through September 29, 1993
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61 September 9, 1993 through September 29, 1993
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62 October 1, 1993 through October 28, 1993
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63 October 19, 1993 through October 29, 1993
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64 November 1, 1993 through November 30, 1993
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65 November 17, 1993 through December 15, 1993
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66 December 3,1993 through December 30, 1993
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67 Death penalty correspondence, Johnny Garrett, November 10, 1992 through February 8, 1993
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68 Letters regarding Michael's Unit, 1992
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69 Letters regarding Waco Branch Davidian compound, 1993
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70 Letters regarding inmate Donald Thomas, 1993
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71 January 1, 1994 through January 18, 1994
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72 January 19, 1994 through January 27, 1994
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73 January 28, 1994 through February 9, 1994
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74 February 10, 1994 through February 21, 1994
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75 February 22, 1994 through March 3, 1994
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76 March 4, 1994 through March 15, 1994
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77 March 16, 1994 through March 31, 1994
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78 April 1, 1994 through April 18, 1994
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79 April 19, 1994 through April 30, 1994
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80 May 1, 1994 through May 16, 1994
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81 May 17, 1994 through May 31, 1994
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82 June 1, 1994 through June 16, 1994
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83 June 17, 1994 through July 5, 1994
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84 July 6, 1994 through July 20, 1994
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85 July 21, 1994 through August 8, 1994
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86 August 9, 1994 through August 28, 1994
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87 August 29, 1994 through September 9, 1994
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88 September 10, 1994 through September 23, 1994
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89 September 24, 1994 through October 11, 1994
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90 October 12, 1994 through October 10, 31
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91 November 1, 1994 through November 8, 1994
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92 November 9, 1994 through November 30, 1994
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93 December 1, 1994 through December 13, 1994
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94 December 14, 1994 through December 31, 1994
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95 January 2, 1995 through January 16, 1995
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96 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1991 through 1995 (bulk 1992-1994)

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Legislative bill files, 1993,
1 cubic ft.

Types of records present include copies of bills, bill analyses, news clippings, and correspondence. Records are dated 1993 (73rd Legislature) and are legislative bill files of the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's office. Bills relate, for example, to the establishment of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure, concealed handguns, sensitivity training programs for police officers, the identification of stolen vehicles before they cross the Mexican border, defense and probation conditions for child molesters, a program of registration of sex offenders, half-way houses, the criminal conviction of minors, and testimony introduced in a parole board hearing.
Arrangement
Records are in no apparent order and remain in the order received.
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97 Bill files, 73rd Legislature, 1993

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Audio cassette tapes concerning drug abuse, [1977?], 1983, 1986-1987, 1989,
fractional

Records are 21 audio cassette tapes dating [1977?], 1983, 1986-1987, 1989, from the Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Office of the Governor. Tapes are recordings of conferences, talk shows, and public hearings concerning drug abuse. Recordings of conferences and talk shows concern marijuana and LSD, and the NORML and PRIDE conferences. Most of the tapes are recordings of public hearings held by the Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse. The Subcommittee on Law Enforcement met in Corpus Christi, Arlington, and El Paso in June 1987 and the Subcommittee on Drug Policy met in Arlington, and El Paso in January 1989 to gather information to develop the Texas Statewide Drug Strategy and Texas Narcotics Control Program. Archives staff checked the tapes for identifying information but did not listen to the tapes in their entirety.
Arrangement
Tapes are in chronological order.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1998/076
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by by the Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Office of the Governor on February 9, 1998.
Processed by
Lisa M. Hendricks, April 1998
Tonia J. Wood, May 2002
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3 Audio cassette tapes concerning drug abuse, [1977?], 1983, 1986-1987, 1989:
On LSD, David E. Smith, M.D., Ronald K. Siegal, Ph.D. [colloquium panel 34 years after discovery of LSD], [1977?]
Michael Stepanian and Michael Tigar, Witch hunts for drugs; Defending the drugless drug case, NORML Conf[erence], 1983
Marijuana and the Brain, Robert C. Gilkeson, M.D., on Straight Talk, July 1986
Otto Moulton on Straight Talk, July 1986
PRIDE Conference, O. Moulton, R. Hawley, BJ McConnell, D. Bent, T. Gleaton, March 1987
[Corpus Christi public hearing held by Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse, Law Enforcement Subcommittee], June 4, 1987
[3 tapes]
Arlingon [public hearing held by Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse, Law Enforcement Subcommittee], June 9, 1987
[4 tapes]
El Paso [public hearing held by Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse, Law Enforcement Subcommittee], June 11, 1987
[3 tapes]
Arlingon [public hearing re: Texas Statewide Drug Strategy, Texas Narcotics Control Program held by Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse, Drug Policy Subcommittee], [January 1989?]
[2 tapes]
El Paso [public hearing re: Texas Statewide Drug Strategy, Texas Narcotics Control Program held by Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse, Drug Policy Subcommittee], January 6, 1989
[4 tapes]

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