DCJ spends the entire 300 hours in the class room. After that the additional 150 are spent on OJT on their units in the presence of a mentor. That's still not enough to prepare someone with no past in corrections for the job. I have personally seen the trainers at the TDCJ academy push people through that have failed portions of the course. Even the firearms course. They need bodies, and they are pushing anyone and everyone through.So despite legislators' clear intent (they said repeatedly the amount of training should be the "same as" at TDCJ), TYC still provides much less training for its new staff than the adult system, even though arguably there's more to learn to work effectively in a juvenile setting. For that matter, COs in the adult system apparently don't think their own training is adequate.
Like TDCJ, TYC needs bodies; they're hemmorrhaging staff, despite claims to the contrary made to the Legislature, and probably don't feel like they can wait the extra four weeks to provide the amount of training the Lege anticipated. After all, they need to get their overtime SNAFU under control. I get that; understaffing causes a lot of problems. But the decision raises short-term expedience over the long-term best interests of both staff and youth. That extra training was mandated for a reason.