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Jobs at Risk After Scandal at Juvenile Facility

The New York Times is reporting that Mayor David Cutbirth of Monahans said the job loss would damage the area’s economic diversity, which is tied to oil and gas production.
“Drilling jobs can pay up to $28 per hour, but they’re mostly for men,? he said. West Texas State offers jobs for clerical workers, teachers, counselors and men “with special training.?
Pyote now houses 238 offenders ages 12 to 20, with most ages 15 to 17, said a Texas Youth Commission spokesman, Jim Hurley.
When a reporter visited the facility, groups of young men clad in orange or blue marched in drill formation from the cafeteria to classrooms. The youngsters wear uniforms to signify their phase of “resocialization,? Mr. Hurley said. He said the youngsters’ days were structured: “They go to school, to therapy groups, behavior groups, meals, exercise and recreation, physical training, and a hour of free time in the evenings. They are up at 5 a.m. and in bed at 9 p.m.?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/01/us/1texas.html