TYC leader wants investigation of possible links to company

Staff Report
The Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - The acting director of the Texas Youth Commission wants to know if any employees had connections to the company that ran a now-closed West Texas juvenile prison.

The state closed the Coke County Juvenile Center earlier in the week because of the condition of the facility. The state also canceled its multi-million dollar contract with GEO Group Incorporated.

Dimitria Pope says agency investigators will look to see if any employees were connected to GEO in any way. And she says anyone with ties to the company will be fired.

She expects the investigation will find some interesting things.