- National Public Radio: Crisis-Prone Texas Juvenile Prisons Look to Reform
- Houston Chronicle: TYC's youngest offenders serve more time than older felons
Meanwhile, from the blogs, Vince Leibowitz lets us know that Republican House Corrections Chairman and Craddick loyalist Jerry Madden faces a primary challenger from the right, another proponent of surrealist political accounting who promises both "tax relief" and to "keep drugs and crime out of our community and schools by locking criminals up - not putting more of them out on our streets," as though locking infinitely more people up is free or even justifies lowering taxes. That's laughable; very few people can say they've done more for public safety in Texas than Jerry Madden. I concur completely with Vince, who writes:
I seriously wonder if he realizes he’s running against the Chair of the House Committee on Corrections. Does this guy seriously think he can run a “I’m gonna be tough on crime” campaign against Jerry Madden? That’d be like running an “I Hate Illegal Immigrants More!” campaign against Leo Berman.