Seven employees at the Coke County Juvenile center fired by the TYC

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Seven employees at the Coke County Juvenile Center have been fired by the Texas Youth Commission.

That's after a report of juvenile inmates living in squalid conditions, guards using pepper spray too much, and prison officials intimidating the inmates.

According to officials a criminal investigation has been opened.

On Tuesday, nearly 200 teen inmates were transported out of the prison.

The facility is privately operated by the G-E-O Group of Florida.

The T-Y-C also canceled its eight-million dollar contract with the group, because of what they call "deplorable conditions."

The T-Y-C is now being run by the state after an investigation turned up a sex abuse scandal at a number of facilities including the West Texas State School in Pyote.