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NPT Capitol: Marquez grabs a “best freshman” award

State Rep Marisa Marquez has been awarded the with the Best Freshman Award by the Texas
Criminal Justice Coalition.

The TCJC states its mission on its website as being”committed to identifying and working towards real solutions to the problems facing Texas’ juvenile and criminal justice systems.” Marquez sits on the House corrections committee and managed to pass a number of bills this session relating to criminal justice issues.

“It brings me great pride that I could, in any small way, contribute to the humane rehabilitation of inmates in our criminal justice system. I am honored and humbled to accept this award,” stated Marquez in a press release.

Read the full press release after the jump.

–Ben Wright

AUSTIN, TX—Rep. Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso), who sits on the House Committee
on Corrections, was presented with the Best Freshman Award by the Texas
Criminal Justice Coalition in appreciation of her outstanding work ethic and
commitment to improving the lives of Texans through thoughtful and efficient
policy.

“It brings me great pride that I could, in any small way, contribute to the
humane rehabilitation of inmates in our criminal justice system. I am
honored and humbled to accept this award,” stated Marquez.

During the 81st Legislative Session, Marquez authored HB 3649, which would
make reference and educational material more available to Texas inmates by
allowing certain organizations to mail books directly to them. Marquez also
authored HB 3653 and 3654, which intend to develop health care standards for
imprisoned women and ensure safe birthing environments for the mother, child
and correctional staff by prohibiting the use of restraints during labor.
HB 3649 and HB 3654 have both passed through the House and Senate and HB
3653 will possibly have its final vote this evening in the House.

Additionally, Representative Marquez was the only House member, aside form
the author, to have a floor amendment adopted to HB 3689, the Texas Juvenile
Probation Commission (TJPC) sunset bill. She also worked closely with the
House Corrections Committee and author to add a comprehensive reentry and
reintegration plan to reduce youth recidivism and additionally restructured
the advisory council on juvenile services to include more juvenile probation
officers.

“We use several criteria in evaluating who contributed most to elevating the
civil rights of inmates at their most vulnerable. Representative Marquez
has surpassed all expectations of what a freshman in the Texas state
legislature can accomplish when it comes to criminal justice issues,” said
Ana Yañez-Korrea, Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice
Coalition.

Marquez is serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives.
She represents District 77, containing downtown El Paso, UTEP , and
neighborhoods near Fort Bliss.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 29. 2009

CONTACT: Michael Garemko

(512) 463-0638

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 31, 2009 at 10:26 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Hooray for the new 1st term Representative.
    Somebody has her priorities straight!

    Haiduc

    May 31, 2009 at 3:12 pm

  2. Alright! Inmates have a state representative in Marquez!!! By the way, we need flatscreens.

    Al Capone

    May 31, 2009 at 7:24 pm

  3. Texans in fantasy land are always talking about flat screen TVs for inmates. I wish they’d just spend one day working with those of us raising $20 at a time to get fans into un-air-conditioned cells where it’s often 100 degrees even after dark.
    You didn’t know that inmates have to buy their own fans? Yup, and if they have nobody sending $, it’s up to us strangers to get fans for them, through Texas CURE.
    Or work with the young folks at Inside Books, all volunteers, sending one book at a time to the many inmates without access to any library or only a few books.
    I guess fantasies are more fun than providing real help to people inside.

    diana claitor

    August 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm


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