Texas Youth Commission closes detention centers, Mart facilities consolidate
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
MCLENNAN COUNTY -- Budget cuts have Legislators slashing from almost every state agency, and juvenile detention centers are no exception.
Which means changes at the McLennan County Juvenile Detention Center. The Texas Youth Commission board has decided to consolidate our two Mart facilities into one.
A move that will save hundreds of jobs at Mart's largest employer and eliminate only a handful.
Government funds for the commission were reduced by more than $100 million.
Judge Jim Lewis says that coupled with a decline in jail population has lead to the cuts.
"It was something that needed to be done, " said Judge Lewis. "Mart was lucky that they run a very good shop over there, and the facility is designed all single cells so they can do it. It's not only good for the community, It's good for TYC."
The Texas Youth Commission had to eliminate three other detention centers due to the cuts.
The central office has already cut hundreds of jobs and plans on cutting more in addition to the three facility closures.