As anticipated, the proposed policy officially changes the use of force continuum to increase use of mechanical restraints and pepper spray. The public has 30 days to provide comment.
One thing I learned at the Juvenile Justice Association Conference in Lubbock: Not one county juvenile detention center in the entire state uses pepper spray on youth, so why should TYC?
Also, the policy they're repealing was created to meet the requirements of federal litigation - specifically the Morales v. Turman settlement. This seems like another move almost guaranteed to drag the agency back into court, where lately it's not had a great track record.
I keep wondering why TYC staffer "Bronco" Billy Humphrey, the fellow who ordered trainers to continue teaching illegal tactics after TYC said they'd stop in a court settlement, hasn't been ousted by agency management. Now it appears they're just going to change the rules to match his illegal orders rather than hold Mr. Humphrey accountable.
Let me know in the comments what you think of the new policy, and I'll submit comments to the agency from Grits for Breakfast (and of course, publish them on the blog) with plenty of reader input.