Texas to Close Youth Prisons, Shift Funds to Community-Based Treatment
June 30, 2011 | From the field | Juvenile Justice

The Texas Legislature passed a bill signed into law by Governor Perry to close 3 of 10 state youth prisons and shift the funds to community-based rehabilitation programs and sanctions. Reflecting broad support for the change, a joint statement by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation and liberal Texas Appleseed endorsed the reorganization. With Texas as one of the initial target states, MacArthur's national campaign for juvenile justice reform seeks to encourage such reforms in states across the country.

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