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On May 22, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project concluded two weeks of intensive investigation into the conditions of confinement experienced by girls in the custody of the Texas Youth Commission. TYC has in recent months been rocked by a scandal involving severe sexual and physical abuse of incarcerated children and a cover-up by the agency.
The ACLU report, A Blueprint for Meeting the Needs of Girls in TYC Custody, goes beyond the headlines, uncovering the damage done to girls by a system that puts punishment before rehabilitation.
The ACLU report made headlines in Texas and generated debate on Grits for Breakfast, a blog about Texas politics and criminal justice authored by former ACLU activist Scott Henson.