Reporter Nate Blakeslee, who first broke the story of the alleged sex scandal at the Texas Youth Commission in the Texas Observer, has a feature on the topic in the May issue of Texas Monthly titled "Sins of Commission" - a free media preview of the story is available here. Good job, Nate!
And speaking of "sins of commission," state Rep. Harold Dutton, the Chairman of the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, was arrested and charged with a DWI in Austin on Wednesday night. See the Houston Chronicle's coverage. Ironically, TYC has yet to determine whether employees who've committed similar offenses may continue to work there. Even before news of Dutton's arrest was made public, a Grits commenter sagely suggested:
I wonder how many of the legislators would be able to work in TYC with this new policy in place? They can run our government and our lives but may not even be able to work a picket in TYC?Perhaps Dutton's legal dilemma will help convince legislators there are dangers in going further down this path.