Officials: Texas 'fight club' facility now safer

September 14, 2010 10:17:41 AM PDT
Officials say better training and 24-hour monitoring of surveillance cameras have led to safer conditions at a Corpus Christi state facility where residents with mental disabilities were once forced to fight. The improvements are part of a five-year, $112 million Texas settlement with the Justice Department. An investigation last year at the former Corpus Christi State School uncovered the late-night "fight clubs" that some workers instigated.

Four now-former workers were convicted in an investigation involving cell-phone video.

Facility director Iva Benson on Monday told The Dallas Morning News that supervisors work night shifts and employees are better trained on reporting abuse. Video monitoring has led to nine reports of possible abuse since Nov. 1, with one confirmed.