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TYC Discipline Proposal

A Texas Youth Commission proposal calls for guards to rely on pepper spray to subdue unruly juvenile prisoners. 

This proposal has angered justice advocates, who call the practice barbaric and regressive. 

TYC officials say using pepper spray will reduce injuries to staff and inmates and lower workers' compensation claims. They say claims are the highest in the nation among youth prison systems. 

Right now the only time pepper spray can be used is when at inmates puts himself or others at risk and other interventions have failed. 

Dozens of juvenile inmates from the Amarillo area are housed in the TYC system.

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