A research group in Austin wants to change how the juvenile justice system does business. News 92 FM’s Trey Westerburg with details:
Analyst Jeanette Moll with the Center for Effective Justice and Texas Public Policy Foundation is calling for improvements to the Texas juvenile justice system, and in particular, the budget. She says the population of state juvenile facilities dropped 67 percent from 2004 to 2011–which, if true, is a step in the right direction, but it may have caused a similar trend in savings.
Moll says as important as the system is in leading youths away from a life of crime, the budget has to respond to dramatic changes like this.
Some of Moll’s recommendations include prioritizing safety expenses and reduce costs in the central office. She also wants facilities to re-evaluate staff members in order to make facilities as safe as possible.
Moll is expected to testify before the senate finance committee in Austin today.
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