Children’s Assessment Center
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Best Western Casa Villa Suites
4317 S. Expressway 83
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Auditorium in State Capitol
9:00 a.m. – Noon
I'll try to attend the one in Austin, but if you get to go to any of the others, be sure to take notes, shoot me an email or let us know what happened in the comments. And if you've already been to one of these events, tell us what you think. And good luck, folks.
RELATED UPDATE: Apparently Pope, Ed Owens and other TYC muckety mucks were in the Valley last week touring the Evins unit in Edinburgh with Sen. Juan Hinojosa, Rep. Aaron Peña, who wrote about the tour on his blog, and retired Judge Joe Evins for whom the unit is named. Wrote Peña:
Also present was TYC's Conservator, Ed Owens, TYC's Acting Executive Director, Dimitria D. Pope, TYC's Interim Assistant Deputy Executive Director for Juvenile Corrections, Stan DeGerolami, and Evins Regional Juvenile Center's newest superintendent, Eddie Martinez.The open bay dorms at some TYC units exemplify extant structural problems that weren't addressed in the 80th Legislature, so I'm glad they're following up at least on that issue. "No organization is perfect but I certainly feel more comfortable now that this organization is moving in the right direction," said Peña. That's further than I'd go describing an agency with 48% annual staff turnover, a stable of inappropriately designed, understaffed, mostly rural facilities, and top managers with no juvenile corrections experience. But at least legislators are taking greater interest.
We talked about a number of subjects, such as what we were going to do with the open bay sleeping units. As it was explained to me this housing strategy was going to be addressed by making individual divided detainee units in the physical structure.