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Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission, Select - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Jerry Madden, Co-Chair
John Whitmire, Co-Chair
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Chris Harris
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Aaron Pena
Larry Phillips
Debbie Riddle
Kel Seliger
Florence Shapiro
Sylvester Turner
Corbin Van Arsdale
Royce West
Tommy Williams
Charges
• Investigating and recommending changes to the current fiscal management practices at the Texas Youth Commission, the current practice regarding the investigation of and resolution of sexual misconduct complaints or complaints made regarding the conduct of employees or former employees of the Texas Youth Commission, and the actions of the Texas Youth Commission related to the recent allegations regarding gross financial mismanagement at the agency, sexual misconduct by agency employees or former employees, and failure of the agency to properly investigate or resolve either of these issues.
• Investigating and recommending changes to the current operation and management practices of the Texas Youth Commission, including the feasibility of developing new policies on sexual abuse and assault, developing new policies regarding the reporting of misconduct by agency employees or former employees, developing new policies regarding the investigation of misconduct by agency employees or former employees, implementing vulnerability assessments that identify areas and practices within the Texas Youth Commission that create opportunities for misconduct, and developing programs related to the proper training of agency employees and the retention of employees, specifically addressing the Texas Youth Commission's employee turnover rate.
• Investigating successful operation and management practices of other similar entities in other jurisdictions.
• Investigating and recommending any changes to the operation and management of the Texas Youth Commission to ensure that the statutorily stated purpose of the Texas Youth Commission "to provide a program of constructive training aimed at rehabilitation and reestablishment in society of children adjudged delinquent by the courts of this state and committed to the Texas Youth Commission, and to provide active parole supervision for children until officially discharged from custody of the Texas Youth Commission" is carried out.

Note:
David Dewhurst and Tom Craddick Press release, March 2, 2007
Charged and members appointed by proclamation issued by the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House pursuant to Rule 1, Section 16, Rules of the House, 80th Legislature, and Rule 11.03, Rules of the Senate, 80th Legislature.

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