Texas Juvenile Justice System
Connor McCreight’s ankle monitor is a daily reminder of his past. He is still serving punishment for a crime committed when he was just 14-year-old. He says compared to admitted drunk driver Ethan Couch his sentence from the same judge was harsh.
Had they not been certified as adults by Texas courts, the 63 youths in a little-known program at the Clemens Unit would have landed in one of the state’s six state-run lockups for juveniles.
The chief of the state’s juvenile justice system says early rehabilitation programs are especially important for kids with mental health issues.