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It'd be interesting to see a comparison of the post-'07 reforms and the details of this case to see where changes either a) helped identify and remove the wrongdoer or b) failed to prevent his alleged misconduct as was hoped.
Certainly hiring the guy after he left TDCJ under a cloud of accusations, which TJJD knew about, raises some red flags, which Brandi's story ably articulates.
Brandi attributed some recent problems to budget cuts and rising inmate numbers: As the agency's population and facilities shrunk, so did the budget that lawmakers approved.
But the population has begun to increase, and on Thursday the agency reported that it is housing 15.5 percent more youths than it has the budget to serve.
Samuel Wright was arrested last month in Cooke County on charges of sexually assaulting a youth at the secure facility.
The suicide attempts and sexual abuse allegations come as the Texas Juvenile Justice Department is experiencing an unexpected rise in population.
The number of youths in state custody had dropped precipitously after years of reforms prompted by a sexual abuse scandal that roiled the agency in 2007.
Decarceration of juvenile prisons in Texas has been a major success story of the last decade, and this news doesn't mitigate that.
A 15 percent increase following a 80 percent reduction still amounts to perhaps 150 kids, so that doesn't explain a 0 million budget request, much of which likely stems from facility upgrades and other changes to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
But he said the officer was moved away from contact with youths as soon as allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.