Senate approves change to Texas Youth Commission
POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 3:11pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 3:24pm
AUSTIN, Texas — (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
Supporters hope the change will provide true reform for the state's youth and become a model for the rest of the nation.