Judge fines Texas $50K a day over 'shameful' foster care

Posted at 3:49 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 16:49:55-05

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge who ruled that Texas' embattled foster care system was unconstitutionally broken says she's now fining the state $50,000 a day over enduring failures.

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack on Tuesday rebuked the state as "shameful" over ignoring orders to have foster children in group settings supervised around-the-clock by an adult who is awake.

The Dallas Morning News reports the fines will begin Friday and double later this month until court-appointed monitors confirm compliance.

Jack in 2015 ruled that Texas' foster care system was unconstitutionally broken . She now says she no longer finds the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services "credible" and that the state has "lied to me at almost every level."

The Texas attorney general's office says DFPS had demonstrated it is working "expeditiously" to comply.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com