Harris County Youth Village, a non-secure facility on a lake. The boys are in dorms; the girls are in suites. There are 90 boys and girls in treatment and hey all get vocational education at Santo Jacinto Community College– about half of them have their GED. They have real problems staffing the whole system; according to the Juvenile Probation Department Executive Director Tom Brooks, the Family Medical Leave Act decimates the staff. 4-point restraints used to be implemented here, but by using different de-escalation techniques, the number of restraints has been greatly reduced. It is a small change, but an important step in their transitioning to a more restorative, less punitive system.

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