The Department of Justice (DOJ) opened an investigation into 5 Texas juvenile detention services amid studies of bodily and sexual abuse in opposition to youngsters by employees members, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke introduced Wednesday.

“Too often children held in juvenile detention facilities are subject to abuse and mistreatment and deprived of their constitutional rights,” Clarke mentioned throughout a digital press briefing. “State officials have a constitutional obligation to ensure reasonable safety for children in these institutions.”


Clarke explained that the DOJ’s investigation will look into “whether or not there’s a sample or observe of hurt on account of the extreme use of chemical restraints, extreme use of isolation or lack of satisfactory psychological well being companies.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery of the Southern District of Texas, who also attended the briefing, said, “Young individuals, though they’re confined in a juvenile facility, shouldn’t be abused, mistreated or disadvantaged of important companies. We have an obligation to make sure younger individuals incarcerated in our state are held underneath secure and constitutional circumstances.”

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas and Acting U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham of the Northern District of Texas were also present to express their support for the DOJ’s investigation.

R-Texas, asked the Texas Rangers police to investigate allegations that employees of the state’s Juvenile Justice Department had engaged in “unlawful conduct” with youths.

The DOJ has additionally filed lawsuits in opposition to Texas in latest weeks concerning its latest abortion regulation and an govt order barring transportation of unlawful immigrants all through the state.

Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report.