Senate approves change to Texas Youth Commission

Senate approves change to Texas Youth Commission

POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 3:11pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 3:24pm

 (AP) - The Texas Senate has voted to create a new  agency to handle the state's juvenile criminal offenders.


The bill approved by the Senate on Wednesday combines the Texas Youth Commission and the Juvenile Probation Commission into a single department.
 

Bill author state Sen. John Whitmire said the new Texas Juvenile Justice Department will work within local communities and emphasize probation for youth.
 

The bill comes out of recommendations from the Sunset Advisory Committee, which determined that consolidating the juvenile justice agencies was the best way to iron out persistent problems in the
system.


Supporters hope the change will provide true reform for the state's youth and become a model for the rest of the nation.



 

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