The Dallas Morning News and Austin American Statesman are reporting that the new head of the Texas Youth Commission‘s ombudsman office was indicted for trying to bring a knife, cellphone and prescription drugs into a TYC facility. Her defense was that she forgot she had a small knife on a visit during one visit. She has also said that she was testing security at the facilities. Either way, a grand jury felt that it merited an indictment and Governor Perry seemed to be happy to kick her to the curb. It is embarrassing. However, I understand why Perry’s staff wouldn’t think to include questions about contraband in the standard set of questions they asked in September before she was appointed.
In the meantime, the Texas Youth Commission gets another black eye.