EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A state report reveals that staff and youth have reported an ongoing “gang war” at a South Texas juvenile prison.
It’s the second similar conflict to erupt at a youth lockup as the Texas Juvenile Justice Department grapples with inmate deaths , staffing shortages , officer arrests and an escape.
A report from the department’s oversight agency, the Office of the Independent Ombudsman, notes a string of January assaults at Evins Regional Juvenile Center in including a fight involving 33 boys.
The Houston Chronicle reports that department officials addressed the juvenile prison’s “gang issue,” but pushed back on being the site of a “gang war.”
The office’s oversight reports have drawn attention from lawmakers following problems dating back to 2017, when several employees were accused of sexual misconduct with youths in their care.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com