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Texas Legislature 2023

Facing youth prison crisis, Texas lawmakers opt to build new facilities and funnel more kids to adult system

For more than a decade, Texas has been trying to slim down its youth prison system, which has been plagued by years of abuse scandals. This Legislature is reversing that course.

Giddings State School, a Texas Juvenile Justice Department correctional facility, in Lee County on July 20, 2022.

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