Feds to Investigate South Texas Youth Prison

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Federal investigators plan Tuesday to visit a South Texas youth prison as part of an ongoing probe into possible civil rights violations.

Texas Youth Commission spokesman Tim Savoy says US Department of Justice investigators are expected to observe and inspect the Evins Regional Juvenile Center in Edinburg.

The Justice Department notified Governor Rick Perry in June that it planned to look into the conditions of confinement and treatment of inmates at Evins.

The federal investigation comes as the state Senate Criminal Justice Committee conducts its own investigation into confirmed reports of inmate abuse at Evins.

The commission says it views the Justice Department visit with "cooperation and hospitality."