Newspaper clipping headlined, "Clements raps amnesty idea for prisoners," March 23, 1981
Newspaper clipping headlined, "Clements raps amnesty idea for prisoners," March 23, 1981, by the Associated Press, in the Houston Post. Governor William P. Clements, Jr., states his opposition to granting prisoners amnesty to relieve prison overcrowding.
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Clements, William P., 1917-2011
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"Texas Governor Term 1, 1979-1982"
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"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 1st Term, 1979-1983"
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Clements raps amnesty idea I for prisoners • , : • • -AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. pie (imprisoned for) UI Clements said Friday property crimes, first of- mnesty is out of the fenders, DWIs — those uestion as a means for People wouldn't he a prob- C!lieving congested condi- lem," 'MITE'S was quoted as ions in Texas prisons, saying. d'I would not be for • "Their expression is one mnesty," Clements told s is weekly new good reason why I have onference. recommended a bill rear- Georgia officials recent- ganizing the parole board." / granted amnesty to Clements said. "My pend- hou.sands o prisoners to ing legislation would go a f ompiy with a federal court long way toward straight- rder that it put an end to ening out that situation." vercrowding in its .nitentiaries. Killinger is regarded as k Clements criticized two the most conservative . nembers of the State member of the board. Cle- loard of Pardons and Pa- ments' bill is addressed oles who indicated in a mainly toward weakening the independence of the six: Lewspaper interview that parole commissioners by nercent of Texas' in- • 'making them employees of nates could be granted rthe three-member board. amnesty without endan- :King the public. About 2,800 state prison George Killinger and inmates sleep on the floors. teuben Torres were quoted of cells shared with other )y the San Antonio Light on inmates. U.S. District' 'riday as saying they Judge William Wayne Jus- !ould go along with tice has ruled the over- mnesty under certain, crowding, and other prison :onditions, including a• problems, violate inmates' ederal court order and constitutional rights. He is Aaard screening of each 'expected to'order a variety .mnesty case. 'of remedies: "You have a lot of pee- Cements expressed the --Malguilimgallwal hope that Justice would delay issuing his order re- quiring Texas to provide bilingual education for students who need it all the way through the 12th grade. The governor said his task force on bilingual education should make its report by April 15. "If Judge Justice will just be patient . . . I think we can address this issue . and satisfy him," Clements ' said. On other matters. .the governor said: • II He favors Rep. Sen- fronia Thompson's legisla- tion to relieve the plight of Jessie Johnson, a Leon County farmer who re; cently discovered the state' owns the land he has farmed for 50 years. Thompson, D-Houston, has introduced a resolution clearing title to the land. Others with the same problem should be "con- sidered on a case-by-case basis," Cements said. II State usury ceilings are unrealistic in a time of wildly fluctuating interest rates, but he will not en- dorse any interest rate bill, "until I finally see the ultimate result" of legisla- tive action on the subject. The House votes Monday on a bill raising most interest rate ceilings. 1111 He sees "merit" in a. constitutional amendment eliminating the .$8 0 million-a-year limit on the 1 amount of state funds that can he spent on welfare payments and predicted legislators would approve the measure for submission, to the voters, voAl rzi f-C,H /r0