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04/06/07-Tyler

First Inmates Released From TYC, Millions To Be Spent on Reforms

"I was in shock and ecstatic," says Vicky Olson is one of many who say their loved ones were abused in TYC facilities. Her grandson Richard was in the Crockett State School.

"The child was beaten by a security guard. He was choked and his shoulder was all black and blue," says Olson.

The investigations into abuse, physical and sexual, and abuses of power continue all over the TYC system.  State Senator Kevin Eltife says lots needs to be said, heard, and done in this failure of state government.

"We need to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong, and who's responsible. Whoever is responsible needs to be prosecuted. That's very important," says Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler). 

He and others say part of TYC's problem has been insufficient funding.

"If you don't put money in these agencies on the front end and run them properly, you're going to pay a heck of a lot more down the road, and I think you're seeing the results of that."

Indeed, an estimate of what it will take to reform TYC, improve facilities and staffing: $100 million over the next two years. That's a full twenty percent of the agency's funding.

And more investigations will continue to see just how many youth might have been abused in some way.

"We've got to do something about the victims. We have a lot of kids in TYC that have been victimized and we've got to do something about it," Eltife says.

The Senate hopes to have it's first formal look at the problems by the end of the legislative session, less than two months away.

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