(May 29, 2007)—A provision in the two-year budget approved by the Texas Legislature would return the Marlin Texas Youth Commission facility, which was constructed to serve as an adult prison, to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
A spokesman for Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, told News Ten Tuesday “it’s pretty close to a done deal.”
Since 1995, the Marlin Orientation and Assessment Unit has been the first stop for all male and female juveniles sentenced to TYC facilities.
But the plan that’s in the works calls for processing new female inmates through the TYC facility in Brownwood and new male inmates through the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart.
The Department of Criminal Justice would convert the facility into a 600-bed prison unit, Whitmire’s spokesman said.
The Marlin TYC facility employs about 400.
The TDCJ’s Hobby Unit in Marlin currently has almost 1,300 inmates and a staff of 334.
(Source: Texas Youth Commission)
The Marlin Orientation & Assessment Unit is the gateway facility for all youth - male and female - committed to the Texas Youth Commission by juvenile courts across the state of Texas. The facility is located on approximately 60 acres in historic Marlin, Texas, southeast of Waco. The facility's budgeted capacity is 436 students. The staff compliment is 404 employees and is comprised of clinicians, diagnosticians, educators, professional child-care and correctional staff, licensed counselors, medical staff, and administration and support staff.
McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility (MCSJCF) is located in McLennan County on 107 acres, and is adjacent to the town of Mart, Texas, a small rural farming and ranching community about 20 miles southeast of Waco. MCSJCF is the largest young offender rehabilitation complex in the state of Texas with over 680 employees. This high-security facility of the Texas Youth Commission has the capacity to accommodate 656 boys.
Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex Units I & II (Brownwood, Texas), high security.