Texas to release 226 juveniles whose sentences were improperly extended

[JURIST] The Texas Youth Commission (TYC) [official website] will release 226 inmates from its juvenile prison system after an investigation revealed that their sentences were improperly extended. Commission Special Master Jay Kimbrough, appointed [press release] early this month by Texas Gov. Rick Perry [official profile] to investigate the TYC, formed a six-member panel in March to review extended sentences [JURIST report] after inmate advocates and their families complained that sentences are extended in retaliation for filing grievances.

Kimbrough said the other inmates' sentences will be reviewed on a regular basis. He is also investigating physical and sexual abuse allegations [JURIST report] at commission facilities. AP has more.

 

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