Citing this article in the Waco Tribune Herald, Grits for Breakfast brings the promising news that the Texas Youth Commission will no longer house violent youth in solitary confinement for extended periods of time, a punitive practice more appropriate for adult prisons than for juvenile offenders, who are ostensibly supposed to receive treatment in the interest of rehabilitation. Instead of relying on isolation as “aggression management,” the Tribune Herald reports,
TYC is revamping its behavior management program, which is conducted at all TYC facilities, [TYC spokesman Jim] Hurley said. It will be called Redirect and will revolve around a specialized treatment curriculum designed to manage aggressive youths.
The revamped program will focus on getting inmates to recognize what triggers their violent behavior so they can stop it, Hurley said. He added that it will operate on a privilege system, rather than a punitive one.
Each facility will continue to have so-called security cells where violent youths can be isolated if necessary, Hurley said. However, the cells will be used only for short periods of time.