Lawsuit filed against the Texas Youth Commission


A lawsuit has been filed against the Texas Youth Commission by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU filed the lawsuit against the Texas Youth Commission earlier in the week, accusing it of allowing its female offenders to be routinely strip searched, have brutal force used against them, and be confined to solitary for no reason.

The lawsuit claims that female offenders are “frequently subjected to punitive solitary confinement in oppressively cold, concrete and cinderblock cells containing nothing more than a metal slab intended for use as a bed, and in some cases, a metal toilet.”

The lawsuit further claims that the girls are strip searched regularly, and if they try to resist then brutal force is used against them. The class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas on behalf of five female prisoners.

However, an official from the TYC said: “If kids are on a work detail in the cafeteria, before they go back to their dorm, I’m sure they’re searched, to make sure there is no contraband, no weapons. These are things that are done across the board.”


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