Group Demands Answers About Stalled State School Trial

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The Texas Civil Rights Project wants to know why it has taken more than two years to try a pair of former youth prison officials accused of sexually abusing inmates.

Ray Brookins and John Paul Hernandez, both former administrators at the Texas Youth Commission's West Texas State School in Pyote, were indicted on sexual abuse charges in April 2007. Since then, the cases have stalled and no trial date is set.

In a letter sent to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday, the group complained that victims in the cases are not getting the justice promised them after the indictments of Brookins, the jail's former assistant principal, and Hernandez, the former principal.