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Slideshow: The Giddings State School

About 40 former residents of the Giddings State School recently returned as part of a daylong program to thank staff for helping them turn their lives around, and offer help and hope to youths now in the facility. Read reporter Johnathan Silver's story here.

The Giddings State School is a high security juvenile correctional facility that houses, educates and vocationally trains ma…
Youths with good behavior were allowed to attend the Helping Young People Excel (HYPE) Day of events, including the morning …
Jose Rodriguez shares his story, from his murder conviction at age 14, to his 22 years incarcerated, receiving forgiveness f…
Current incarcerated youths watch the HYPE program from the elevated bleachers in the Giddings State School gym.
Charleston White, organizer of the HYPE event, listens to one of the speakers share their story of how they arrived at Giddi…
Thomas Ann Hines, center, dries tears during the presentation of the reformed offenders' redemption stories. Hines, whose so…
King Satterwhite, charged with attempted capital murder at age 15, learned about himself working through his childhood with …
Charleston White, founder of Helping Young People Excel (HYPE), recalls playing basketball with former superintendent Sandy …
Karwin Archie attended the "Raised by the State" reunion for reformed youth offenders once housed at Giddings State School t…
Speaker Phillip Gunner, now a barber, styled "Alive N Free" into his hair.
John Hubner, author of "Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth," attended the HYPE program. His book told of…
Arthur, 18, speaks to guests after the morning appreciation program. Arthur, who will be released in February, has earned co…
A barbecue lunch was shared with reformed offenders, youth, current staff and retired Giddings employees.
Reformed youth offenders reunited pose for a group photo with Mrs. Francis, a retired Giddings State School assistant.

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