AUSTIN (October 31, 2013) Texas Juvenile Justice Department guards at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart regularly assaulted incarcerated teenagers by engaging them in fights, according to internal reports obtained by the Austin American-Statesman.
The reports show the assaults at the facility east of Waco, went on for months.
Guards accosted the teens by throwing them to the ground and punching them.
So-called fight clubs have been discovered at lockups elsewhere but the Texas case differs because it involved guards.
The department says three employees have been fired and others disciplined.
The department is already under intense scrutiny in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal six years ago that resulted in broad reforms.
Lawmakers previously have threatened to dissolve the department when they return to Austin in 2015 if operations did not improve.