Texas Government Code

Sec. § 552.029
Right of Access to Certain Information Relating to Inmate of Department of Criminal Justice

Notwithstanding Section 508.313 (Confidential Information) or 552.134 (Exception: Confidentiality of Certain Information Relating to Inmate of Department of Criminal Justice), the following information about an inmate who is confined in a facility operated by or under a contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is subject to required disclosure under Section 552.021 (Availability of Public Information):


the inmate’s name, identification number, age, birthplace, department photograph, physical description, or general state of health or the nature of an injury to or critical illness suffered by the inmate;


the inmate’s assigned unit or the date on which the unit received the inmate, unless disclosure of the information would violate federal law relating to the confidentiality of substance abuse treatment;


the offense for which the inmate was convicted or the judgment and sentence for that offense;


the county and court in which the inmate was convicted;


the inmate’s earliest or latest possible release dates;


the inmate’s parole date or earliest possible parole date;


any prior confinement of the inmate by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or its predecessor; or


basic information regarding the death of an inmate in custody, an incident involving the use of force, or an alleged crime involving the inmate.
Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 783, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 30, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.002(7), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1271 (H.B. 2197), Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2005.

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