The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Youth Commission's inmate population has dropped by almost half in two years
But the annual cost of keeping each inmate has jumped up 66 percent since 2006 to almost $99,000 per year. That's a figure legislative leaders say is too high, so they're moving to cut spending at TYC.
The cost increases were contained in a report by the Legislative Budget Board that tracked the incarceration costs in both the juvenile and adult corrections systems in Texas.
The agency has been embroiled in controversy and scandal over the past couple years, including a sexual abuse and cover-up scandal. It was also revealed that the agency paid a contractor for hundreds of empty beds.