Panel Says Abolish TYC and Create New System

Staff Report

The Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - A state advisory panel recommends abolishing the Texas youth prison and probation systems and replacing them with a new agency.

State lawmakers already drafted major revisions to the Texas Youth Commission in 2007 after the agency was racked by a sex scandal and alleged coverup.

Wednesday's report by the Sunset Review Commission, which reviews state agency performance, said the TYC and the state Juvenile Probation Commission should be brought under the same agency to consolidate funding and services for juvenile offenders.

The panel's recommendations now go to the Legislature.