Proposed Rules Could Increase Use of Pepper Spray on Youths

New rules under consideration at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department would expand the authority of county juvenile probation agencies to use pepper spray on aggressive youth offenders in secure facilities. 

County probation chiefs from across the state are asking the TJJD Board to approve the new rules, saying they would provide more local control over how the facilities are operated. But some advocates worry that more use of so-called chemical restraints could be a dangerous step backward in efforts to reform the state’s juvenile justice system.

“Whatever benefits they feel like they might get out of utilizing pepper spray ...

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