The ministrye of Justice (DOJ) opened an investigation in five Texas juvenile detention centers amid reports of physical and sexual abuse of children by staff members, the attorney general said on Wednesday Civil Rights Assistant, Kristen Clarke.
"Too often children detained in juvenile detention centers are abused and mistreated and deprived of their constitutional rights " said Clarke at a virtual press briefing. "State officials have a constitutional obligation to provide reasonable security for children in these institutions.
TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT LEADS 'ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR' INVESTIGATION IN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR STATE JUVENILE
Clarke explained that the DOJ 's investigation will examine "whether there is a pattern or practice of injury resulting from 'excessive use of chemical restraints, excessive use of isolation or lack of adequate mental health services. "
Acting US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery of the Southern District from Texas, who also attended the briefing, said, "Young people, even if they are confined to a juvenile facility, should not be abused, abused or denied essential services. We have a duty to ensure that young people incarcerated in our state are held in secure and constitutional conditions. "
US Attorney Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas and US Attorney Acting Chad Meacham of the Northern District of Texas was also present to express his support for the DOJ investigation.
In July, the governor Greg Abbott, R-Texas, Asked Texas Ranger Police to investigate allegations that State Employees Juvenile Juice The Department of Justice Engaged in "illegal behavior" with young people.
The Justice Department has also filed lawsuits against Texas in recent weeks over its recent abortion law and an executive order banning the transportation of illegal immigrants statewide.
Fox News 'Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report.