Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Juvie justice discussed in the Valley

Thanks to Isela Gutierrez of the Texas Coalition Advocating Justice for Juveniles (TCAJJ) for sending links to news coverage from last week's interim hearing of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee in McAllen. The event focused on problems at juvenile correctional facilities and was surprisingly well covered in the MSM:
You can access the audio recording from the hearing here. Testimony on TYC begins at 2:37:17.

See also the written testimony submitted by TCAJJ (pronounced 'T-cage').

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

This is so TYPICAL of our attitudes towards teenagers and, to a lesser degree, younger children. We want to try them and punish them as adults but we deny them basic rights and freedoms.

It's not enough that parents insist on micromanagement of their lives. If parents like myself prefer giving them latitude and discretionary authority, they are second guessed by the nanny state.

The children in prisons are there because of parental indifference or parental abuse. You don't correct that problem by exchanging bad parents for bad authority figures in charge of jails doing to kids exactly what the parents did to them. The only difference between the bad parents in home and those in prison is that taxpayers foot the bill for prison.