by Marc A. Levin, Vikrant P. Reddy
Texas Public Policy Foundation
August 15, 2013
While the session was largely successful, it was not perfect. Significant drug sentencing reform stalled, for example, as did the most expansive state jail reform bills. A bill to create a commission to review all criminal offenses outside the state penal code did not pass, nor did a bill to institute the rule of lenity. Many of these bills had support, but died for technical reasons (such as being attached to more controversial legislation). The Center for Effective Justice is optimistic, however, about the positive impact of policies enacted this session and the opportunities for further reforms next session.