Feds: Texas 'fight club' facility improving

By: From Wire Reports, Corpus Christi Caller
By: From Wire Reports, Corpus Christi Caller

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A federal report says a South Texas state-run living center where residents with mental disabilities were once forced to fight is safer as it acts swiftly to protect residents from harm, including responding quickly to abuse accusations and completing investigations within 10 days.

An investigation of the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center in 2009 uncovered late-night "fight clubs" where workers forced residents to fight each other.

The center is now being overseen by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a settlement agreement with the federal government over statewide mistreatment of the disabled.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the Justice Department says in its latest report that the facility has made progress documenting and tracking abuse allegations, but it said more work needs to be done.

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