TX Sends Letter Warning Youths Against More Violence


Seeking to curb assaultive behavior by the most violent teen offenders in its lockups, the Texas Youth Commission is sending them a letter, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Officials will send a short letter to one-fifth of the agency’s “most violent youth,” those who have been involved in “violent behavior within the previous 180 days where another person suffered bodily injury.” The letter tells the youths that “There are several options available to us as an organization to help deter you and others from engaging in this type of conduct. You are encouraged to evaluate situations rationally in the future and make better choices. You are expected to comply with instructions from staff and refrain from allowing yourself to become involved in physical altercations with other people.”

The options include criminal prosecution, adult prison, a longer sentence, anger- or behavior-management counseling and “contact with other stakeholders to include judicial authorities as well as immediate family.” Agency spokesman Jim Hurley insisted that “sending a letter is a good way of communicating.”

Link: http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/08/15/0815violence.html

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