Texas Youth Agency Ombudsman Quits After Weapons Charge


The new ombudsman for the Texas Youth Commission resigned after being indicted on a felony charge of smuggling a weapon into a lockup for teenage lawbreakers, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Catherine Evans, a former Dallas judge, was charged with carrying a folding knife – into a correctional facility.

Evans called it “a very small Swiss Army knife that I had completely forgotten was in my handbag.” She said lax security at Youth Commission lockups was “one of the most disturbing” issues she found as ombudsman. “It is clear that Catherine Evans’ bad judgment and the indictment have hampered her credibility and effectiveness in this role,” said Allison Castle, Gov. Rick Perry’s press secretary.

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