Dating violence against adolescent girls associated substance
Decarceration of juvenile prisons in Texas has been a major success story of the last decade, and this news doesn't mitigate that.A 15 percent increase following a 80 percent reduction still amounts to perhaps 150 kids, so that doesn't explain a 0 million budget request, much of which likely stems from facility upgrades and other changes to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.The suicide attempts and sexual abuse allegations come as the Texas Juvenile Justice Department is experiencing an unexpected rise in population.The number of youths in state custody had dropped precipitously after years of reforms prompted by a sexual abuse scandal that roiled the agency in 2007."We are still interviewing kids and making sure the kids are safe," Unruh said."I would like to see a more thorough investigation to see if there are more victims." Jim Hurley, a spokesman for the juvenile justice department, said he could not comment on the continuing investigation.Meanwhile, the investigation of abuse allegations and suicide attempts continues.Unruh said she expects to unearth "many more" allegations of sexual abuse at the Gainesville unit.
The number of secure state facilities fell from 12 to five as the number of youths in custody dropped from more than 5,000 in 2007 to fewer than 1,000 in 2015.
One day before Wright's arrest in September, two girls from that unit were taken to a hospital after attempting suicide.
Both were found with makeshift nooses around their necks.
Indeed, given this unsettling news, compliance with PREA seems more important than ever for TJJD, so maybe the Lege should consider getting up off resources to help them make that happen.
So far, this hasn't blown up the way Blakeslee's story did back in the day, One wonders if the episode was uncovered because of reforms implemented after that 2007 upheaval that made it easier for youth to complain and more likely the agency would react when they did?