the elected official Merit based civil service system government jobs are given

The elected official merit based civil service system

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the elected official Merit-based civil service system- government jobs are given because of qualifications and formal training. Pay raises are keyed to job performance Sunshine laws are designed to make state government more transparent and accessible to the people Sunset review is a formal assessment of the effectiveness of all statutory boards, commissions, and state agencies Sunset advisory commission reviews effectiveness of state agencies Twelve members, including five each from the House and the Senate, appointed by the presiding officers of each chamber; two public members appointed by the speaker and the Lt. governor Sunset review process requires most Texas commissions and agencies to be reviewed every 12 years o It’s a combination of self-evaluation and commission produced reports o The review can result in continuation, reorganization, merger or “sunsetting” of agencies Since the process began, 37 agencies have been abolished, 46 have been consolidated, with $980 million estimated saving.
Chapter 7 Texans trace its confidence in harsh justice back to the frontier, where individuals were largely responsible for their own protection. Retribution theory is the approach to criminal justice that emphasizes punishment because the guilty violated societal rules. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world o Texas ranks 5 th among the states, with 891 inmates per every 100,000 residents. It has 400,000 residents on probation and 111,000 on parole. The issue of age and mental capacity is a critical issue in criminal justice policy. One can serve the military and vote at age 18 Legal alcohol consumption at age 21 The human brain reaches full development until about age 25 The supreme court is forcing states to drop support for the death juvenile death penalty. And eliminate life without parole sentences. Another issue is the willingness of Texas to execute the mentally ill. The case of Scott Panetti o Killed his mother and father in law in 1992 o He suffered delusions, hallucinations, and schizophrenia o Believes selena Gomez is his daughter, CNN reporter is conspiring against him. o This case went to the supreme court. o Limbo o No funding for an up-to-date examination of his mental competency Policies in Texas tend to criminalize more behavior The political culture of the state is tough on crime, long sentences are popular among voters. Stiff drug laws o More recent consideration of marijuana decriminalization, 77% favored some level of decriminalization Rehabilitation is now an option as treatment for nonviolent crimes and substance abuse offenses. o Also for restorative justice, technical parole violations, special drug courts and veteran courts, and motivation by cost and reduce recidivism Texas has a reputation for having among the toughest prisons in the country that include prisoners overseeing over prisoners, harsh living conditions, violence, aging prisoners, and lack of air conditioning.

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