U.S. Justice Department opens probe of Texas juvenile detention facilities

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By Sarah N. Lynch and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into juvenile detention facilities in Texas after receiving reports of physical and sexual abuse by staff members against children, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke said on Wednesday. “Our investigation will focus on whether there is a pattern or practice of physical or sexual abuse of children in Texas’s secure facilities,” Clarke told a news conference. “We will also investigate whether there is a pattern or practice of harm as a result of the exces…

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