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04/04/07 - Nacogdoches

Parent Preparing for Son's Release

by Donna McCollum

The wait continues at Genger Galloway's home near Crockett. She was expecting her son, J.J. to be released from the Crockett State School on Wednesday.   Cheesecakes, new clothes and a travel trailer were waiting for her son. But now she's been told it will be another ten day wait.

The Texas juvenile prison system announced its plans this week to release 550 inmates. The inmates will be freed as soon as TYC officials are able to line up the services they need once they get out.  Galloway has reports that some have already been released.   The move follows numerous allegations of inmates being sexually and physically abused.

Meanwhile, the Women's Shelter of East Texas has offered free clothes and counseling referrals to any inmate released from the Crockett State School. " Our agency is here to provide services to victims of abuse and sexual abuse and domestic violence. We feel like they qualify for that service," said Helen Stevenson, program director for WSET.   Genger Galloway has offered a challenge to other agencies to offer services to the freed inmates. Galloway has become a national spokesperson on efforts to stop juvenile prison abuse.

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