AUSTIN -- Revelations that the Texas Youth Commission spent more than $1.26 million to lease empty prisons beds has key state lawmakers demanding the contract be canceled.
The agency moved 18 teenage offenders Friday into the new lockup near Houston, which had sat empty for three months despite the state paying more than $22,500 a day to the company hired to run the facility.
The Eagle Lake prison would need to house 119 offenders to cover the costs to taxpayers. The money was paid to Youth Services International for startup costs, something other state agencies prohibit.
The Austin American-Statesman revealed details of the contract this week.