GAO Cites “Human Rights Violations” In Teen Boot Camps


An undercover investigation has documented torture, abuse and four deaths at private reform camps for troubled youths around the country, a federal watchdog agency reported to Congress yesterday, says Cox News Service. Simulated hangings, forced labor, prolonged restraint, and the use of a pit bull trained to bite teenagers in the crotch were among the horror stories cited by investigators and witnesses describing abuses uncovered in the so-called boot camps housing an estimated 20,000 teens.

“Some of these would appear to be human rights violations happening here in the United States,” said Greg Kutz of the Government Accountability Office. Members of Congress were chilled by the description of a 14-year-old Texas teenager who died in 2004 while hiking as part of a program administered by Lone Star Expeditions.


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