TYC Scandal/Cover-up Grows
The disgrace brought on by the national scandal in the Texas Youth Commission (TYC), appears to be getting worse! After the initial news of the statewide physical and sexual abuses of imprisoned youth was exposed, can conditions at TYC get any worse? Apparantly yes. Management has gone from one extreme to the other extreme in their 'reformed' treatment of youth. Many who were forced to resign from their top paying positions, or were allowed to quietly retire, will now probably excape any punishment they so richly deserve.
As a follow-up to confirmed cases of abuses and mistreatment of thousands of TYC youth, administrators now have gone to chemically spraying youth for minor infractions; yet allowing other disorderly youth to basically do whatever they want. Most of the institution employees are at a loss, with this wild and drifting guidance. What is expected now? The chaos from Austin management continues. It continues down the lines to the field/institutions, where many pre-selected team players mismanage at that level. Employees from the field say conditions are even worse than the pre-scandal period. Some things are supposed to be better, but one must look hard to identify any.
Top management from Austin relieved some administrators on a whim, and then quietly brought them back; causing frustration for everyone, without real justification. Everyone is wondering which way Austin will turn each day. Is it just more of the past TYC, of the past several years. No direction. Confusion at every turn....who is in charge today? Shall I stay or resign my position?
The 'reformed management' in Austin can't manage money matters. That has caused even more good, but disgusted staff to leave the agency. Why can't the Austin elites learn? It's like when they forced 'resocialization', onto youth, knowing that the program was deadly flawed. It only set youth up to fail, and pointed them toward the adult prison system. Could top TYC managers be wrong? It has been proven in many cases that the top people were wrong in many areas and grossly negligent in the management of youth in the state's care. Easy target youth were placed with known predator youth, and probably still are, allowing the sexual abuses to go on. Hopefully, the worse sexual predator employees are now gone. We know of some abusers who still administer some programs. They continue to be protected and the cover-up continues on, for these select, evil staff.
Numerous lawsuits are apparently in the works. So many youth have been abused, mistreated, and imprisoned illegally, over the past ten years; that it will take a long time to sort it all out. With one of the main county prosecutors about to retire, will this allow the past top TYC culprits to escape justice? As they relaxed in their nice, cushy Austin offices, and allowed their select, hand- picked administrators to force sex on confined youth; will they now be allowed to avoid any punishment from the justice system that they undermined? Time will tell. Will the state legislature appear to be helping with the cover-up, or will they demand some justice for the top management of TYC, that caused the national embarrassment?
The dark circle of managers that controlled TYC, also helped to ruin TYC. Many of the dark MAFIA -like team have sneaked from the main scene, but appear to still have some influence with top officials. How long can the public outrage be controlled? Some of the "good ole' boys" still have a grip on the tarnished commission. A thorough cleaning may be the only way to redeem this giant mess and regain some integrity and real, decent management. The tortured youth and mismanaged employees deserve the public's support.
The TYC culture if not drastically changed, will allow the physical abuses of youth to continue. It's happening now! The wide open sexual activities will continue on. Youth and employee sex will continue on. TYC will sneak their old buddies back into the management, if not watched closely. Hey, they hired felons on the run from the adult system, and placed them in charge of youth. Background checks were a joke; perhaps they are somewhat improved now. When criminals are in charge of other criminals, the system has to break!
You can see a video of all the key TYC players in "TYC Faces", at DallasMorningNews.com.
Many people failed to recognize that thousands of youth were 'raped by the state', in countless ways, until my book "Raped by The State" made public attention , nationally. The Dallas News and New York Times noted the book. It's available at Amazon, or at 'rapedbythestate.com'. I hope you enjoy the book.