FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2007
AUSTIN, TX—Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. joined his colleagues today in the Texas Senate as it suspended rules to meet after they adjourned earlier in the day. Senate Resolution 384 passed with a majority vote.
Sen. Lucio thanked Sen. John Whitmire, author of SR 384, and other Senators for their leadership on this matter. He then offered the following comments:
“Members, this brings to mind a famous quote. I can’t remember whether it was Sir Winston Churchill or Pearl S. Buck, but to paraphrase the quote, it said something along the lines that ‘the true measure of a civilized society is how it treats its elderly and its prisoners.’
The idea that a situation like this could exist in our society, in Texas, in the 21st Century, speaks very poorly to our condition.
How this kind of institutionalized abuse against young people could go on for so long is a tragedy that must be rectified and those responsible held accountable. Members, we need answers and we need answers right away! I am nothing short of shocked and horrified.”