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Inspection reports reflect the desperation and danger youths face in Texas juvenile prisons

Visits to Texas’ severely understaffed youth prisons show suicide attempts without intervention, water bottles being used as makeshift toilets, and a rash of possibly gang-related fights.

Giddings State School, a Texas Juvenile Justice Department correctional facility, in Lee County on July 20, 2022.

Dec. 24: Suicide attempt at Giddings

Jan. 5: Youth drunk on hand sanitizer at Giddings

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April: Water bottles as toilets at Gainesville

April 11: Youth inserted spring into his arm at Giddings

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April 17: Youth inserted foreign object into his urethra at Giddings

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April 19: Several fights break out at Giddings

Spring: Attempted suicide at Gainesville

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