The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 66 of 1,943
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54 GENERAL LAWS.
ent and not voting. Was received in the Executive Office February
18, 1930, and in the Department of State February 18,
1930, without the Governor's signature.]
SCHOOLING FOR STATE CONVICTS.
H. B. No. 10.] CHAPTER 31.
An Act to provide that the Texas Prison Board shall arrange for schools
in all of the penitentiaries and penitentiary farms of the State of
Texas, providing for compulsory instruction of illiterates; and hours
of attendance that credit shall be given on sentence for attendance
and instruction in such schools; providing for teaching the Constitutions
of the State of Texas and the United States; providing that
the Chaplains shall be charged with the duty of organizing and supervising
such schools; providing that instructors shall be prisioners as
far as practicable and that Texas Prison Board shall make rules and
regulations making effective the provisions of this Act.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. The Texas Prison Board shall immediately arrange
for the teaching of reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic
to all iimates of the penitentiary of the State of Texas.
All illiterates shall receive instruction the equal of five hours
per week and all other prisoners may at their option receive
such instruction. The hours fixed for such instruction shall be
other than those hours now fixed by law for labor. Nothing
herein contained shall prevent the literate prisoners from organizing
for themselves special instruction or classified instruction
of a higher class than that enumerated herein above.
SEC. 2. Each prisoner attending such instruction in good
faith, or who shall act as an instructor of such prisoners, shall
be allowed as a credit on the term of his sentence one-half hour
additional than that now allowed by law for good behavior for
each hour in attendance either as receiver of giver of instructions.
SEC. 3. It shall be the duty of the Chaplains of the prison
system to organzie under the direction of the Texas Prison
Board such instruction, and to supervise the same after organization.
Prisoners with the aid of the Chaplains shall be the
teachers and instructors.
SEC. 4. The Texas Prison Board is hereby authorized to
and shall prescribe and promulgate such rules and regulations
as may be necessary to make the provisions of this Act effective,
but said Texas Prison Board shall not be required to
build any additional buildings for said purpose. The Texas
Prison Board shall arrange with the State Superintendent of
Public Instruction for a sufficient number of second-hand text
books for said purpose.
SEC. 5. There shall be read and explained for at least one
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