AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two legislative panels intend to investigate how guards with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department were able to regularly assault incarcerated teenagers by engaging them in fights.
The chairmen of the committees that oversee the department told the Austin American-Statesman that they're seeking answers about the fights at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart.
Guards accosted the teens by throwing them to the ground and punching them, according to internal reports. So-called fight clubs where guards allowed inmates to fight one another have been discovered at lockups elsewhere, but the Texas case differs because it involved guards.
The department says three employees have been fired and four others disciplined.
The incidents happened at the Phoenix Program, an initiative established last year to calm and counsel incarcerated youths.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com
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