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Juvenile Justice

Pay raises alone won’t solve staffing shortages in “nightmare” Texas youth prisons, ex-workers say

Danger and trauma — not low salaries — are what drive most workers to leave the crisis-wracked Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Tiffany Jones, a former TJJD employee, poses for a portrait at her home in Manor on Nov 2, 2022.
Tiffany Jones, a former TJJD employee, poses for a portrait at her home in Manor on Nov 2, 2022.

Tiffany Jones, a former TJJD employee, points to where her foot was crushed while working at a TJJD facility in Giddings, at her home in Manor on Nov 2, 2022.

“I had to let it go”

Cheryl Blevins, a former TJJD employee, poses for a portrait in Bastrop on Nov 2, 2022

Trauma echoes

Tiffany Jones, a former TJJD employee, demonstrates her artwork at her home in Manor on Nov 2, 2022. Jones has used art as a way to combat the severe depression she suffered after her injury.
Cheryl Blevins, a former TJJD employee, poses for a portrait in Bastrop on Nov 2, 2022

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