Lawmaker Delays Leave Facility for Mentally Ill Youths in Limbo

Months after lawmakers cut millions of dollars in funding for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and ordered the closure of a detention facility, movement to shutter a facility for mentally ill youths remains stalled as state leaders seek to reconsider its demise.

In a letter Friday, Gov. Rick Perry urged top state leaders to take action to close a facility or risk putting juveniles and staff throughout the agency at risk. 

“I am concerned that given the reduced funding for TJJD, failure to close one of the facilities could negatively impact the safety and security of staff and youths incarcerated ...

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