Former Governor Rick Perry refused to order the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to comply with with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. This is particularly interesting since Perry himself faces potential prison time on felony corruption charges.
Recently, new Governor Greg Abbott reversed this policy and pledged to adopt the P.R.E.A. regulations in Texas prisons. Last spring, Mr. Abbott was called to jury duty in Travis County Court at Law #4, a specialized court that handles assaults involving family or dating violence. Most of my cases are in Court #4 since domestic violence is the focus of my practice. Here is a picture of Mr. Abbot with Jesse Ibarra, the bailiff in CC4: