The Department of Justice (DOJ) opened an investigation into 5 Texas juvenile detention facilities amid experiences of bodily and sexual abuse towards kids 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 because of this of the extreme use of chemical restraints, extreme use of isolation or lack of ample psychological well being providers.”

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

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 habits” with youths.

The DOJ has additionally filed lawsuits towards Texas in current weeks relating to its current abortion regulation and an government order barring transportation of unlawful immigrants all through the state.

Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report.