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TX Abolishes Furloughs

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) administratively abolished furloughs for prisoners on July 1, 1995. In doing so it acted three months before a recently enacted state law eliminated all the furloughs, effective September 1, 1995. Under the state law only emergency furloughs are allowed.

The furloughs being abolished were known as "appropriate reason" leaves and included allowing prisoners out for seven days for non-emergency reasons. TDCJ officials had 4,319 leave requests in 1994 and granted 1,613 of them. Of the furloughs granted only 30 violated the furlough terms. Emergency furloughs, such as the death of a family member, will still be allowed but the prisoner must remain under guard at all times.

Corrections Today, July, 1995.

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