Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 15, 2013

Leaders testify at State Home hearing

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Austin — About 30 residents and leaders from Navarro County traveled to Austin Monday to make arguments for keeping the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center open.

A Texas Juvenile Justice Department report recommended closing Corsicana's facility to comply with a legislative mandate.

Among those speaking Monday before a three-member panel from TJJD was Sheri Short with Navarro College, who proposed making part of the CRTC a transitional program for inmates leaving TJJD secure facilities who need help learning to live in the free world while they either go to college or get vocational training.

“This is a long way from settled,” said State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) who also testified at Monday's hearing.

City Editor Janet Jacobs was at Monday’s public hearing in Austin. We will post more from the hearing later today and in the Tuesday print edition of the Daily Sun.