Also, maybe somebody at TYC can forward these inquiries to Ed Owens and Dimitria Pope so they'll know they need to be prepared to answer on the topics:
Where are the written policies to implement the "reforms"?They're good questions I wouldn't mind knowing the answers to myself. I'd add to that:
What did happen to all those suspended employees and what did that boondoggle cost? [Ed. note: Also how many were terminated over felonies they'd previously disclosed?]
Why are personnel being hired without job postings, interviews, and in some cases no juvenile justice experience or other job related experience?
Why are many contracts being issued without competitive bidding?
Why was an outside law firm hired to handle open records request when there were TYC attorneys available to handle the requests?
Why are there still 19 and 20 year olds incarcerated more than a month after SB 103 took effect?
Where are the review panels that SB 103 mandated?
How is TYC providing sex offender treatment without licensed sex offender treatment providers?
Where is the reorganization plan for what happens when the Marlin Orientation and Assessment unit closes in August and who is in charge of the process?What other questions haven't been answered so far to your satisfaction from the TYC "State of the Agency" tour? Let me know in the comments. The agency's top brass will be in Austin tomorrow, so maybe we can get some answers.
Do you anticipate additional facility closures before the 2009 legislative session and if so what is the process for making those decisions?
For units that won't close do you plan architectural changes to eliminate open bay dorms and adult correctional design features, and if so were those projects funded in the state budget?
UPDATE: More good questions from the comments:
When is TYC going to have a new rehabilitation program?
What rehabilitation program is TYC currently using? Is it basically the "Resocialization Program," which is a copyrighted program? If not, how is it different?I'm headed to the capitol soon for the event, so maybe we'll get some answers.
How are release decisions being made right now? Are youth completing the program (A4B4C4) or are they just released automatically when their minimum lengths of stay (plus disciplinary lengths assigned prior to 6/8/07) are complete?
Will AMI's continue to be investigated by Youth Care Investigators with a right to appeal the findings to legal?
Will there be changes to the use of force policy? If so, what?
Since TYC can't assign disciplinary lengths of stay through Level 2 hearings any more, what will be done to hold youth accountable for misconduct?
Will the OIG investigate cases of youth assault on staff and take those cases to court?
How many youth assaults on staff with injury have there been since March 6th?