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'They broke his jaw, busted his eye'
Mother describes attacks on son in Texas Youth Commission custody
Jerome R. Corsi, WorldNetDaily.com, April 3, 2007
Outraged parents are telling the Texas Legislature and others about
abuses their children suffered within the Texas Youth Commission system,
and Genger Galloway is leading the charge, telling how her son was
forced to perform oral sex by female prison staff, sodomized by an older
inmate in an incident arranged by a guard and suffered a broken jaw and
concussions in physical attacks.
Galloway's story is about her son Joseph, now 19, who has been in the
system for more than four years. He had been raped by a friend's older
brother when he was eight, but his parents did not learn of the attack
until he was 15, after he had started touching his siblings
inappropriately, and they called for help.
"I reported this to the authorities thinking that they were
going to get
us some help," Galloway told WND.
As WND reported earlier, authorities including U.S. Attorney Johnny
Sutton and the Criminal Section of the civil Rights Division of the
Department of Justice apparently were aware of the attacks going on with
the Texas state juvenile prison system - but declined to get involved. A
spokesman for the Texas Gov. Rick Perry now says the tragic situations
are prompting a top-to-bottom review of the agency.
Galloway said authorities first responded to her family's plea for
by dispatching a sheriff's deputy to the Galloway home to take
statements, and then the next day the children were interviewed at a
"The interviewers gave the children the little dolls and coached
children as to what to say," Galloway told WND. "When the
were over, they told us they were taking Joseph to jail and we took the
children home. There was no judge at that time. Joseph was taken to the
police department and booked him. They took him to Anderson County where
there is a TYC detention center."
That began a trek through the Texas state system, Galloway told WND,
that left her son with the experience of being forced to perform oral
sex for female prison staff and being sodomized by an 18-year-old inmate
in an attack arranged by a prison guard, in addition to the beatings, a
concussion, multiple bruises and a broken jaw.
His initial stay was in the Anderson County detention center and
"It was a filthy, cold, dark, concrete place - just
told WND. "We felt that a month in there was more than enough
punishment. Then in March we went to Family Court. The assistant DA
tried to make it look like we knew what was going on and we allowed it
to happen. The judge looked at the assistant DA like he was crazy, like
he had lost his mind. The judge knew we had done everything his whole
life to get him help, to try to take care of him and take care of all of
The family court judge placed Joseph on probation and released him to
"On our way out of court," Galloway told WND,
assistant DA punched the wall and told us that he would take care of
"Within five minutes of getting home," Galloway recounted,
Child Protective Service was on the phone and told us that we had ten
minutes to get Joseph out of the house, or they were going to come and
take the twins away."
The Galloways panicked and returned back to family court. "So an
after Joseph was released to us by family court, we were right back
there once again," Galloway continued. "We were told that
didn't have enough money to send Joseph to a private treatment facility
and we couldn't get a loan, the court sentenced Joseph to TYC under a
violation of probation, because he didn't have anywhere to stay where he
could get treatment."
The judge added to the ruling that TYC and the Juvenile Probation
Service were to monitor county funding to see if the county could get
funding to remove Joseph from TYC and put him into a treatment facility.
"Of course, that never happened," Galloway explained.
"They told us on
the stand that 'you realize Joseph will only be at TYC for nine months.'
That's what we were told. But the next day when he got to TYC, Joseph
called us and panicked, and he told us, "No, Mom, I'll be here
21 years old."
"Evidently when Joseph entered the TYC door they labeled him a
a VO-B," Galloway told WND. "VO-A is a classification for a
'violent offender' and some pencil pusher when Joseph walked into the
gate looked at the chart and decided to classify him as a VO-A. They
didn't bother looking to see that Joseph had never before had any
trouble with the law, or that he had gone into TYC for what was being
called a probation violation. But he was charged with aggravated sexual
assault, and the minimal stay for a VO-A is two years."
"In the first week Joseph was in this facility at Marlin, Texas,
nose was broken by TYC staff," Galloway explained to WND.
Joseph up in a cell by himself because he was upset after they told him
he would be there for a minimum of two years, after Joseph had just
signed papers saying he would be in TYC for nine months."
"Joseph was freaking out, he was screaming and upset, so they
up in security. He wanted to call his momma, and they wouldn't let him
call his momma. So I think what he was basically was doing was screaming
and cursing and kicking the walls and hitting his head on the walls,
trying to get their attention. Trying to get them to come and get him,
so he could talk to somebody."
Galloway continued, "So what they do is slam the door open and
'star team.' They mace Joseph and knock him down with a big shield. This
involves a whole bunch of big men. We're talking about a little 15
year-old. They rush in and knock him down. They broke his nose. Joseph
said he lost consciousness. When he woke up he was laying there and he
had blood all over his shirt."
At the time of the incident, Joseph had been diagnosed for Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as well as Tourette's Syndrome, and he
was being medicated for both conditions. But those prescriptions were
not made available to him in custody, she said.
In one other facility, Joseph suffered his first act of sexual abuse.
"The facility had all these little, old dorms and Joseph was in the
washroom area of the kitchen," Galloway told WND, "where there
camera. A female member of the staff came in the room and approached
him. She said, 'It's my turn.' She got down and performed oral sex on
Joseph. She told him not to say anything. Joseph didn't think anyone
would believe him, so he decided not to say anything about the
A short time after this, Joseph suffered another incident of sexual
"He was referred to security," Galloway explained to WND,
"which is sort
of like jail within jail for something he had done or said. But security
was full and there weren't any open cells. A kid at the end said, 'Put
him in here with me. I want some white 'A.'"
"So the officer pushed Joseph in the cell with this inmate and
the door. The officer could hear my son screaming as he was being
beaten. Joseph was fighting for his life as this big 18 year-old raped
him, sodomized him. Joseph didn't report this and the officer who locked
him in that cell, an officer 'Henry,' committed suicide a few weeks
At another facility in Evans, Texas, the staff allowed Joseph and the
other inmates to dress as gang members. The staff then photographed the
inmates in gang dress, making gang gestures and hand signs.
The next morning, Joseph was assaulted by six gang members.
"They beat him and they kicked him," Galloway told WND.
"They broke his
jaw. They busted his eye. His orbital bone was bruised. He had bruises
and contusions all over his body. He had a second-degree contusion. He
had to be rushed to the hospital and his mouth was wired shut."
"All the TYC officials told me that it was nothing. There was a
that evening and Joseph had a black eye. Then they called and said he
had been taken him to the hospital in an ambulance, and his mouth was
wired shut because his jaw had been fractured. I was furious and I
called the newspaper. The newspaper ran it on the front page and TYC
transferred Joseph up to Crockett, close to where we live."
"The very first day Joseph was at Crockett State School,"
relating events to WND. "The superintendent, Don Freeman, was not
that Joseph was pushed on him. Freeman was not happy that he had a kid
from Crockett, Texas. He was not happy because I had worked at the
Crockett State School four years before. Everybody knows everybody in a
small town like Crockett."
"The first night there, Joseph got nauseated. His jaw was still
shut and wire cutters were kept nearby in case of an emergency. The
staff called the medical department and the medical department told them
that if Joseph vomited, they should let him lean forward and let the
vomit run through the cracks in his teeth."
Galloway told WND that when Joseph was transferred to Crockett State
School, she did not know that Joseph had been sexually abused while at
TYC. Galloway told WND that she did not know about these incidents until
about a month ago.
This year, when Galloway decided to go public against TYC, the
State School increased Joseph's harassment.
"From the first I started speaking out, Joseph was labeled. The
started pushing him away and caused problems for him. Every single day
it was another complaint. When they found out I was testifying before
the Senate and the House and staying in the media, the staff redoubled
their efforts to make our lives miserable."
WND asked Galloway specifically what actions the Crockett State
staff took in retaliation.
"The medical staff tried to create false memories for
answered. "Joseph told them that his problems started when he was
when he was 8 years old, but that wasn't good enough. The staff started
asking Joseph if it was true that his mother had molested him. Somebody
told us that your mom touched you inappropriately."
How did Joseph react?
"Joseph asked them, 'Are you out of your mind. That never
the staff pushed him and pushed him to say this. They tried to get him
to sign a paper that would cut off our ability to communicate. The staff
said, 'You're an adult now, you don't need your mom to communicate.' But
Joseph refused to sign. He wanted to remain in contact with us. But this
is what happens. When a child or a parent speaks out, TYC retaliates by
trying to ruin your character. They attack you with paperwork."
WND asked Galloway if she regretted calling authorities in Feb. 2003.
"I regret it every single day," Galloway answered. "I
am so sick of
dealing with this evil system. TYC is holding our kids hostage and the
ransom is the re-socialization process."
WND asked Galloway to explain the re-socialization process.
"They have phases, zero through four," Galloway answered.
"You have to
be at Phase Four to get out of there. The TYC decides whether the kid
completes their program, or not. You don't get out of TYC until TYC
decides you have completed their program."
"If you get into trouble in TYC, they give you a '225.' A '225'
getting your name on the board. You're only allowed so many of those.
The severity of the '225s' decides whether you are at 'Category 1' or
'Cat 2.' At 'Cat 1' you have to go through a Level 2 hearing for due
process, which is a joke because you never have anyone represent you.
They don't call your parents and usually the person who's giving you the
Level 2 hearing is the person you filed a grievance on or the person who
gave you the 225 in the first place."
"The 225s are what keep the kids from getting out of TYC and a
short, is whatever the person wants to give you a 225 for. There are no
set rules which define what a 225 is or how you can get them. If they
want to write you up for sneezing or burping, they can. One time Joseph
got written up for inappropriate sexual conduct and all he was doing was
eating a banana. The TYC staff can write you up for anything they want
to. That's how they keep the kids in there and that's how they keep
making their money."
WND asked Galloway if her son would every have a chance of getting
of TYC if she hadn't gone public.
"No," she answered. "I think they would have kept
Joseph in TYC until he
was 21 years old, and then they would have sent him to the adult prison
WND asked Galloway what the TYC experience has done to her son.
"I'm afraid to think about it," she answered. "I think
speaking out now has broken the mold for him. I think that it is
beginning of the healing process. Just that Joseph has been able to talk
about his experience and tell what happened has made all the difference
in the world. There are so kids right now who are scared to talk about
Galloway told WND that Jay Kimbrough, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's former
staff chief who Perry has appointed "special master" to
TYC scandal, has told her that Joseph will be released from TYC shortly.
"The probations people have been over here looking at the
Galloway told WND. "But they've done that before and nothing has
happened. They say they have lost the papers from their previous looks
at our house. We'll just have to wait and see what happens this
Galloway and her husband have been married 20 years. Her husband is a
construction worker and Genger Galloway is planning to go back to work
as a nurse in the Texas prison system. For the past 14 years, she has
been "in and out" of the Texas criminal justice system,
working as a
nurse or as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).
WND asked Galloway if the TYC was as scandal-ridden when she worked
"Yes," she responded. "It was."
WND asked Galloway why she didn't take steps as an employee to expose
the TYC scandal.
"I was a brand new nurse," she explained, "and I was
only there a few
months. I saw how bad it was and I about had a nervous breakdown working
there. So, I quit. The employees covered up for each other. At Crockett
State School they even had a kid who died when I was there."
WND asked how the kid died.
"They said he died from aspiration. I wasn't present when it
but I think he was probably held down too long. He probably fought the
staff when they attempted to do a PRT (Proper Restraint Technique). But
what upset me the most was that the DON (Director of Nurses) and the
Director of Security tried immediately to hide things. They shredded his
chart and made up a new chart. That bothered me a lot."
WND asked Galloway if she saw incidents of sexual abuse while at TYC.
"That thought never went through my mind," Galloway
explained. "I never
would have thought that sexual abuse was happening. I knew there were
inappropriate comments, with people saying 'I'll take care of him.' But
I thought it meant that if a kid was at Phase Four, they would make sure
he got put back down, so he couldn't get out."
On March 27, 2007, Galloway testified before the National Prison Rape