Groups say abuse remains in TX juvenile prisons

August 25, 2010 3:34:50 AM PDT
Four juvenile inmate advocacy groups allege that widespread abuse continues in the Texas juvenile prison system, almost four years after a revamp prompted by an abuse scandal. The Austin American-Statesman reports the groups have submitted a formal complaint asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate conditions in the Texas Youth Commission. The groups contend that the TYC hasn't proved able to protect the 1,700 juvenile inmates in its system because of short staffing and the use of improper restraints and excessive force.

A TYC statement issued Tuesday says the commission has worked with two of the groups for three years to address the issues "and will work to fully investigate any allegations" in the complaint.

The complaint was filed by Texas Appleseed, Advocacy Inc., the Center for Public Representation and the National Center for Youth Law.


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