Groups say abuse remains in Texas juvenile prisons
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Four juvenile inmate advocacy groups
alleged that widespread abuse continues in the Texas juvenile
prison system, almost four years after a revamp prompted by an
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