Monday, February 07, 2011
'Bout damn time
Six years after the alleged offenses, jury selection begins today for former TYC administrator John Paul Hernandez. Following Ray Brookins' conviction last year, this trial will hopefully place a final, if ugly coda on the saga that began in January 2007 with publication of Nate Blakeslee's exposé in the Texas Observer. The structural and policy ramifications for juvenile justice from the episode, however, are still strongly reverberating. Only time will tell whether continuing, radical changes at the agency will prevent similar, future incidents, or even if the agency will still exist by year's end.