The new leaders feel they must move quickly to ensure justice is served, and any resistance from TYC employees imperils that work. But longtime agency administrators say that their experience in juvenile justice could prevent mistakes. Inmates who aren't ready to be released back to their communities may be freed too soon, they say. They think new policies are being crafted far too fast and could eventually create new problems at the TYC.
The longtime bureaucrats, ever cognizant that many of their colleagues have been investigated, fired or forced to resign, are frightened of making a false move.
"We're all horribly demoralized," said one veteran TYC employee at headquarters, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. "They're just disregarding everything, with no respect to the people who've spent years developing this stuff."
See the rest here, and also Waco Herald Tribune columnist John Young's argument that "isolation" of youth is among the agency's biggest failings, as well as the Lufkin Daily News' assertion that misdemeananor offenders should not be placed in youth prisons.