Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Monday, June 18, 2001

STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN ON RUIZ PRISON RULING

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following statement on the ruling today by Judge William Justice:

"I am pleased that Texas is one step closer to freedom from federal oversight of our prison system. By his ruling today, Judge Justice correctly relinquished most federal control of the prison system in light of the vast improvements made since this case began 29 years ago.

"However, I disagree with Judge Justice's finding that certain aspects of our prison system require continued federal intervention. We will appeal that part of his ruling to the Fifth Circuit."

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