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Finish the Five Youth Prisons in Texas by TexasCJE

$ 28.00 USD

This preorder will end on January 31st, 2023. Your order will ship after this time.

In August 2022, an investigation by the Texas Tribune revealed that about 600 children in Texas’s 5 state secure juvenile detention facilities are living in dangerous and unsanitary conditions. Incident reports revealed that kids in understaffed facilities were stuck in their cells for over 22 hours a day and were unable to access bathrooms. High numbers of these incarcerated children were on suicide watch, and some had harmed themselves. 

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) was already under investigation by the federal Department of Justice. That investigation, launched in October 2021, is examining “whether Texas provides children confined in the facilities reasonable protection from physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents, excessive use of chemical restraints and excessive use of isolation." The investigation is also examining "whether Texas provides adequate mental health care.”

The treatment of children in these youth prisons is inhumane and unacceptable. It represents a critical failure by state leadership and by an agency that claims to prioritize rehabilitation. Although leaders have excused these pervasive and decades-long issues by blaming current low staffing levels at TJJD, the Finish the 5 Coalition is demanding a culture shift.

  1. Shut down TJJD’s five state secure institutions by 2027 through a thoughtful, staggered closure plan
  2. Invest in building communities’ infrastructure to appropriately address the needs of children who would have been sent to TJJD, and allow recapture from closed facilities to reimburse the costs for community-based resources
  3. Enact policy reforms that decriminalize youth, diverting children from the criminal punishment system altogether

100% of artist profits will be donated to Texas Center for Justice & Equality and Austin Liberation Youth Movement.

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