TYC Scandal Goes Nationwide

Posted in Around The Nation, Around The State, Corruption, Criminal Justice at 9:21 am by wcnews

The Washington Post has picked up the story, In Texas, Scandals Rock Juvenile Justice System.

Joseph Galloway is days away from walking out of a Texas juvenile detention center where he has been held for years beyond his original sentence — and where at age 15, he said, he endured sexual assaults by a corrections officer and a fellow inmate.

The 19-year-old never intended to tell this story, out of shame and fear of retaliation from his jailers. But he recently revealed the details to his mother, Genger, to investigators of the Texas Rangers, and now he is sharing his experiences with the public for one reason.

“I’d rather be a witness to what happened than have kids come in here and have them experience what I’ve experienced,” Galloway said in a telephone interview from the Crockett State School in East Texas. “Nobody deserves to go through the things I went through.”

Galloway is one of 550 youths who will be released from juvenile detention centers across Texas starting this week as state officials work overtime to fix a system wracked by widespread allegations of sexual and physical assaults on incarcerated children, and of coverups.

If your from Texas you’re well aware of the details contained in the story. Now the rest of the country gets to see what great leadership we’ve had in Texas in the recent past.

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