News Release from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2008
Contact: Celeste Villarreal
512/463-0121

Statement from Senator Judith Zaffirini, Regarding Department of Justice Investigation of All Texas State Schools

"The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently (Aug. 22) notified Gov. Rick Perry about the expansion of its Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) investigation to all state-run institutions for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The legislature has been advised from the beginning that DOJ investigations frequently are initiated at a single facility, and then are expanded to include the entire system. Accordingly, this statewide expansion is neither surprising nor unexpected.

"The cruelty that was reported at Lubbock State School and Denton State School is shocking, and I welcome the Department of Justice's investigations. I have zero tolerance for abuse, neglect and exploitation and will continue to work to ensure that consumers of state school services receive the highest quality care from the State of Texas. Anything less is immoral."

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