Last week, I sent to the Governor’s Office and Legislature the TYC ‘Reform Plan,’ which documents the steps that have been taken in reforming TYC as well as the actions that remain to be completed before the agency meets all of the requirements laid out in SB 103. The plan is comprehensive and covers: hiring professional staff, training, revision of policies and procedures, youth classification and assessment, rehabilitation and treatment programming for our youth, use of force, and dormitory reconstruction.
Please note that while this plan includes a recommendation that conservatorship be ended July 31, 2008, the decision is ultimately up to Governor Perry and legislative leaders.
I hope you will take the time to read the Reform Plan. Each of you has done your part to move this agency forward. I hope you will all be as proud of our accomplishments as I am.
TYC and juvie corrections folks in particular are strongly encouraged to give the document a read (or at least a skim) and let me know what jumps out at you in the comments. I'll try to examine the reform plan in more detail on Grits in the coming days, but am equally curious to hear what others think.
Also, let's just pose the question straight up: Is the agency ready to come out of conservatorship? Are there any benefits to conservatorship that couldn't be equally realized under a permanent executive director?