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Potential new rule could change juvenile offenders care

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - There is a new rule in the works at the Texas Youth Commission that would change how juvenile offenders are cared for based on their mental health.

Under the old rules, if the commission determines that the juvenile's illness can't be treated in custody, then he or she must be released to the care of their parent or guardian.

Byron Truvia, who is accused of stabbing and killing a John Tyler teacher in September, spent more than a year in the Texas Youth Commission, before being released last summer for mental health issues.

If the new rule at the commission goes into effect, juveniles like Truvia would be released into further care, rather than into the care of their parent.

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