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Sen. Ossoff Launches Investigation into Alleged Abuse in Juvenile Detention Facilities Nationwide

FILE - Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., arrives before a subcommittee hearing, Sept. 13, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. During a subcommittee hearing on Monday, Oct. 30, chaired by Ossoff in Atlanta, two Georgia juvenile court judges said the head of the state's child welfare agency asked judges in an August meeting to illegally jail foster children while officials looked for other places to house them. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)
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FILE - Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., arrives before a subcommittee hearing, Sept. 13, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. During a subcommittee hearing on Monday, Oct. 30, chaired by Ossoff in Atlanta, two Georgia juvenile court judges said the head of the state's child welfare agency asked judges in an August meeting to illegally jail foster children while officials looked for other places to house them. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)

Georgia United States Senator Jon Ossoff is investigating reports of alleged abuse in juvenile detention facilities in Georgia and throughout the country.

Ossoff launched an inquiry with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the federal oversight of the detention centers. The senator cited reporting from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in his inquiry letter, including a year-long investigation that found thousands of instances of abuse on juveniles in detention facilities. Ossoff also cited a 2022 AJC report on youth deaths in the facilities and a New York Times investigation that examined mistreatment in Louisiana.

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