Giddings State School Misses the Cut
One of the six remaining state school facilities must be closed by January 1, 2014, according to a report from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The Giddings State School, which is the largest facility of its kind in Texas employing 400 people, with approximately 265 incarcerated youths, appears to have been removed from any consideration as the facility that will be eliminated by the state. The Giddings campus was saved from another downsizing by the state in June of 2011.
Rider 35 to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s (TJJD) Fiscal Year 2014-2015 appropriations states that the agency can only operate five secure facilities effective January 1, 2014, and the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center has been cited as the current recommended facility to close.
Rider 35 also requires the agency to submit a closure plan to the Legislative Budget Board no later than September 1, 2013. To meet this deadline, the TJJD board must vote on which facility to close at its July 26, 2013 board meeting.
A public hearing will be held on July 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Austin at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to allow representatives of the Corsicana community an opportunity to provide any additional information they would like the Board to consider alongside the staff closure recommendation. Following this invited testimony, the hearing will be opened for public comment.
The state is currently working on a utilization plan to maximize the strength of the youth facilities while, at the same time, reducing the youth population at several of the larger campuses.