- HB 427 by Madden: "Relating to the prosecution of certain crimes occurring in the Texas Youth Commission." This bill allows counties to request a special prosecutor in crimes committed at TYC.
- HB 914 by Madden: "Relating to the establishment of an office of inspector general at the Texas Youth Commission." Under this legislation, a new inspector general's office will have licensed peace officer investigators to prosecute allegations of misconduct by TYC employees and at TYC facilities.
- HB 1111 by Turner: "Relating to prohibiting medical, psychiatric, and other research on children committed to the Texas Youth Commission." Self explanatory.
- HB 1814 by Macias: "Relating to implementation of a comprehensive character education and training pilot program at certain Texas Youth Commission facilities." The bill orders TYC to begin character education at two units modeled after a program I was previously unaware of called Character First!
Of course, the main thing TYC needs is to either double the number of juvenile corrections officers (JCOs) or reduce the number of incarcerated kids. Tinkering with regulations and methods of prosecution are fine, but high JCO-child ratios, ridiculously high staff turnover levels and negligible training requirements are the biggest source of TYC's woes. Let's hope those items get addressed, too, before the session ends.