|(a) Counties will send commitment papers on offenders
sentenced to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to the
TDCJ Records Office immediately following completion of the commitment
papers. Those counties equipped to do so may send paperwork electronically.
(b) The TDCJ shall accept offenders sentenced to prison
within 45 days of the date the commitment papers are sent. If sent
by mail, the 45 days begins on the postmarked date.
(c) Offenders shall be scheduled for admission based
(1) their length of confinement in relation to the
45 days from the date the commitment papers are sent; and
(2) transportation routes.
(d) Counties will inform the TDCJ State Ready Office
when offenders for whom commitment papers have been sent are transferred
to another facility by bench warrants.
(e) The TDCJ shall notify counties via electronic transmission,
such as facsimile or computer transmission when applicable, of offenders
scheduled for intake, the date of intake, the respective reception
unit, and transportation arrangements. Offenders shall be sorted by
name and State Identification (SID) number, as identified by the court
(f) Counties will notify the TDCJ admissions coordinator
of any offenders who are not available for transfer and the reason
they are not available for transfer.
(g) Counties may identify offenders with medical or
security issues that may be scheduled for intake out of sequence on
a case-by-case basis by contacting the TDCJ admissions coordinator.
(h) After the entry of an order by a judge for admission
of an offender to a state jail, the placement determination shall
be made by the TDCJ Office of Admissions. Placement shall be made
in the state jail designated as serving the county in which the offender
(1) the offender has no residence or was a resident
of another state at the time of committing an offense;
(2) alternative placement would protect the life or
safety of any person;
(3) alternative placement would increase the likelihood
of the offender's successful completion of confinement or supervision;
(4) alternative placement is necessary to efficiently
use available state jail capacity, including alternative placement
because of gender; or
(5) alternative placement is necessary to provide medical
or psychiatric care to the offender.
(i) If the offender is described by subsection (h)(1)
of this section, placement shall be made in the state jail designated
as serving the county in which the offense was committed, unless a
circumstance in subsection (h)(2) - (5) of this section applies.
(j) The TDCJ Admissions Office shall attempt to have
placement determinations made at a regional level that may include
one or more regions as designated in 37 Texas Administrative Code §152.5.