Texas House OK's Keeping Texas Youth Commission

Staff Report

The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House on Saturday tentatively approved keeping the Texas Youth Commission as separate entity until 2021, skirting recommendations to roll the duties of the state's juvenile prison system into a new state agency.

The Sunset Advisory Commission periodically reviews state agencies to eliminate waste, duplication and inefficiency. In January, it recommended that TYC and the state's juvenile probation system by abolished and their duties rolled into a new Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

The House sunset bill instead creates an oversight board to help coordinate and improve the two agencies. The bill also requires the sunset commission to report back to lawmakers in 2011 on where TYC is in enacting reforms.

Those reforms were created by the 2007 Legislature after alleged sexual abuse of inmates by TYC staff.