Monday, March 26, 2007

Texas Youth Commission Scandal Grows and Grows

I'm still incredibly busy, but I couldn't go any longer without at least blogging about the growing scandal surrounding the Texas Youth Commission. The Texas Youth Commission runs all the state facilities for juvenile offenders. It's like the Board of Prisons or Department of Corrections for kids. Apparently, the conditions at the facilities are terrible, with numerous investigations underway, and the most serious charges being that adult guards were routinely coercing teenage inmates to have sex, and that those children who refused were given extended sentences. Last week, the entire board of TYC was forced to resign. In addition to coverage in Texas, the New York Times has been covering the story extensively. I haven't seen a single thing about this on the cable or network news, though. I guess they're too busy looking for lost boy scouts and speculating about what caused the death of a known drug addict to care about the systematic sexual abuse of troubled children.

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Blogger Windypundit said...

When I read "scandal" in the title, I thought it might involve bribery for contracts or political favoritism. You know, something that affects elections. Now that I've read the rest of your post, I see that it's just the usual brutal treatment of convicted criminals.

Nobody cares about that...

3/26/2007 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Troy said...

3/31/2007 3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not that we're too's that we don't care.

3/31/2007 11:54 AM  
Blogger Dionne said...

Texas treats its children worse than it does its adult criminals. I know because I had the misfortune of seeing this first hand.
My husband and I moved to Lubbock, Texas last year and within 3 weeks my 10 yr. old son was falsely accused of a crime. Instead of it actually being investigated the police just took my child and locked him away in a juvenile detention center until a judge could hear the case. While being held there he was degraded and tormented constantly by the guards and staff. He was deprived of electricity in his room, had his running water turned off, threatened with cavity searches and stripped of all bedding and pillows. This is just the tip of the iceberg. When I complained to the Director, Les Brown, he had me banned from the center instead of taking the time to investigate complaints of brutality amongst his staff.Luckily we had the funds to fight this, and the case was dismissed due to lack of evidence but the damage had already been done. Lubbock's center, unfortunately , isn't a rare occurance. Children all over Texas are being abused, raped, and deprived of all rights. Most parents have no recourse and its the kids who truly suffer. I have written, called, and badgered everyone to draw attention to this but no one in authority wants to believe its happening..they might actually have to take responsibility and change things.People need to get mad or we will lose a whole generation of our children to this machine.
Dionne McNutt

7/10/2007 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..."routinely coercing teenage inmates to have sex." Well, by now you know that this "scandal" was much smaller than the media portrayed it. The massive investigations, additional layers of investigators and new administrators, firing of felons, hot lines, and additional video surveillance shows no such widespread sexual abuse in TYC existed. Even the two alleged perpetrators at the West Texas facility have not been convicted and may never be.

TYC had problems, but they go back to our illustrious legislators and their insistence on TYC doing more with less session after session. There were too many addicted, mentally ill, and violent kids for the staff and program that had been funded by the legislature. Meanwhile, the student offenders have come to believe they run the place. TYC facilities are more dangerous than ever.

I would wager that sexual abuse of TYC kids is and was much lower than sexual abuse of children in the public at large. You will never hear this side in the media. The new regime controls the message and it depends on continuing to villify the former regime. Every witch hunt has to result in a witch or two.

8/24/2008 7:06 AM  
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