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Justice Dept. launches civil rights investigation into Texas’s juvenile detention facilities

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Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said the pattern-or-practice probe will seek to determine whether officials at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, which operates five detention centers, have denied youths of their constitutional rights. Last fall, local activists lodged a formal complaint with the Justice Department’s civil rights division, alleging abuse, staffing shortages, gang activity and a lack of mental health services.

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