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Another West Texas Juvenile system under the microscope

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Another West Texas juvenile prison comes under the microscope, this time for terrible living conditions.

State officials are now looking into a report where inmates endured squalor and deprivation at the Coke County Juvenile Justice Center.

Some of the problems they found, using pepper spray too much, and prison officials using fear and intimidation.

On Wednesday,  the Texas Youth Commission began busing nearly 200 teen inmates out of the prison.

The facility is privately operated by the GEO group of Florida.

The TYC also canceled an eight-million dollar contract with the group due to what they call deplorable conditions.

The TYC is now run by the state after an investigation turned up a sex abuse scandal, and subsequent cover-up at a number of facilities including the West Texas State School in Pyote.

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