Please see the attached editorial from the New York Times. To put this in perspective:Whitmire has been advocating for some time now to abolish the Texas Youth Commission in its entirety and as much as they've successfully downsized, it's hard to argue with his approach. As in New York, at least the possible path is visible. The devil is in the details, particularly the availability of and funding for viable, local alternatives, but it looks a lot more likely today than it did to me not long ago when Texas youth prison populations topped 4,500. TYC is up for Sunset review again next spring, along with the Juvenile Probation Commission, so expect these issues to come up for discussion then.
Where you see New York, put Texas.
Where you see $170 million annual budget, put $231 million.
Where you see 2,000 employees, put 3,000.
Where you see 700 children, put 1,520.
Where you see $220,000 to house a child in a state facility, put $124,000.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
'Wasteful and Ineffective'
According to a memo forwarded me by his staff, State Sen. John Whitmire forwarded a New York Times editorial about the Empire State's dysfunctional juvenile corrections system titled "Two Words: Wasteful and Ineffective" to Members of the Texas Legislature and the board of the Texas Youth Commission with the following addenda: