These remain trying times for Texas' youth prison system. TYC's third conservator, Richard Nedelkoff, leaves the agency with daunting tasks still facing it and an intense legislative session coming in which the agency will undergo Sunset review and the entire juvenile justice system may be substantially altered to reduce TYC's role and shift more responsibility to counties.
"The agency's not fixed. I don't think anybody who knows will say it is," [state Sen. John] Whitmire said. "But the conservatorship was not working at fixing anything, either. I'm not sure it makes much difference whether it's in conservatorship or not.
"We need a new model for TYC; that's for sure."
State Rep. Jerry Madden, a Richardson Republican who is Whitmire's co-chairman, said that although "none of us believe everything is fixed at TYC, I think the conservatorship probably had accomplished as much as it could."
Good luck Ms. Townsend, you're going to need it.