Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Buzz straight out of Austin ?
As the Legislative session rolls on in Austin, there have been some high profile stories posted in the Austin American Statesman regarding the TDCJ. Mike Ward, who reports for the Statesman and has often been critical of the agency, posted a couple of pieces that caught our eye. First, Senator Whitmire, Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chair, wants to know why the Region III Central unit that was shuttered over a year ago is still being manned with staff, and hasn't been bulldozed to the ground yet. TDCJ says it's a slow process and attributes the delay to the construction of a new agriculture warehouse and distribution center which will be the new distribution point taking over for the one still located and operating on the Central prison unit property. Hold your horses Senator Whitmire, these things take awhile.
Another eye catcher we saw also deals with Senator Whitmire. He wants youth (17 & 18 yr olds) currently incarcerated in the former TYC (Texas Youth Commission) now better known as the TJJD (Texas Juvenile Justice Department) that are violent or habitual rule violators to be housed in adult prisons. This will add to the nearly 200 "youthful offenders" housed already in adult lock ups. We did a story on this topic months back. You can find it by entering keywords "youthful offenders" in our site search box. Read our story to see why this may not be a good idea after all.