CCA Majority Punts Inmate Trust Account Issue to Supreme Court

, Texas Lawyer

It's up to the Texas Supreme Court to decide whether an inmate must receive notice or a chance to speak out before prison officials, acting on a court order, can withdraw money from the inmate's prison trust account to pay court costs. In a 6-3 decision Oct. 29, the Court of Criminal Appeals concluded in In Re: Johnson that a court order to pay court costs pursuant to Texas Government Code §501.014(e) involves a civil-law matter.

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