Hundreds of Job Cuts Coming at Texas Youth Commission

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Youth Commission announced today that the agency will fire about 100 people and eliminate another 330 jobs that are unfilled.

TYC Executive Director Cherie Townsend said the job reductions bring the agency in line with changes lawmakers mandated in 2007, when the agency was racked by a sex scandal involving allegations staff abusing inmates and a coverup.

Townsend also said some facilities could close in the future.  The move comes amid discussions in the Legislature about whether to merge the TYC with the juvenile probation commission.

Inmate population at TYC juvenile prisons have been slashed from almost 5,000 to 2,400. The agency now takes only felony offenders up to the age of 19.