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Advocates File Complaint Over Texas Youth Prison Conditions

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FILE - This Oct. 28, 2016, file photo, shows the Gainesville State School for juveniles in Gainesville, Texas. Detainees in Texas' juvenile prisons suffer from frequent physical and sexual abuse, inadequate mental healthcare and high rates of staff turnover, two youth advocacy groups wrote in a federal complaint Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The rights of the hundreds of youths detained in five secure facilities around the state continue to be violated, despite recent and long-standing efforts at reform, according to Texas Appleseed and Disability Rights Texas. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

(AP) — Two advocacy groups say detainees in Texas’ juvenile prisons suffer from frequent physical and sexually abuse, inadequate mental healthcare and high rates of staff turnover. Texas Appleseed and Disability Rights Texas asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Texas Juvenile Justice Department lockups in a complaint Wednesday. The groups allege the hundreds of youth held in five secure state facilities continue to have their rights violated despite recent and long-standing efforts to reform the Texas youth corrections systems. A Texas Juvenile Justice Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

 

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