Incarcerated Children in Texas Left Without Bathroom Access for 22 Hours
This past May, June, and July, children detained in several Texas juvenile prisons were denied regular access to toilets, forced to urinate into empty water bottles and defecate on pieces of paper on the floor. According to The Texas Tribune, unable to keep the required child-to-staff ratio, staff at two Texas juvenile lockups kept children in their cells without access to bathrooms from 4:30 pm to 8:00 am on weekdays and up to 22 hours a day on weekends.
According to the Tribune, at Giddings State School “the children had no choice but to use water bottles, milk cartons, lunch trays or pieces of paper as makeshift toilets,” during the longest periods of isolation.
“During the July visit, the Ombudsman asked youth in all dorms whether this problem had improved. All youth stated the issue was the same or worse,” state inspectors wrote. “Many said they still urinated in their water bottles or milk cartons, and three said they defecated inside their room, one in a lunch tray, one in a plastic bag, and one on a piece of paper. Multiple youth said they had submitted grievances … but nothing had changed.”
Inspectors for the Texas Juvenile Justice System documented the accounts of incarcerated kids: “One said he would ‘never forget’ having to defecate in his room. Another said, ‘Even animals are let out’ to use the bathroom. A third said, ‘This is inhumane.'”
A similar situation appears to have occurred at another youth prison in North Texas, called the Gainesville State School, where juveniles reported that facility staff had given them cups to use as toilets, per the Tribune‘s reportin
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