Texas Youth Commission

“Their Last Good Chance to Get Better”

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

The state's public mental health system was woeful to begin with, and now legislative budget cuts have made it even worse. For thousands of mentally ill kids like Grant Williams, the only place to get treatment is a juvenile prison.

The Gritty Truth

Feb 1, 2008 By Eileen Smith

A criminal justice reform activist in Texas on overcrowded prisons, Tulia, the Texas Youth Commission, and the criminalization of mental illness.

Will to Power

Feb 1, 2008 By Nate Blakeslee

After the Texas Youth Commission imploded last year, one of the state’s fiercest advocates for criminal justice reform was tapped to help rebuild. Inside his yet-to-be-completed slog.

Tough Love Story

Sep 30, 1996 By Robert Draper

How tough should our response to juvenile crime be? No less tough than it is now—but no tougher either.