Problems persist at Texas institutions for individuals with disabilities more than a year after workers at one facility were found forcing residents to fight each other, a newspaper investigation indicates.

In the last two years there were at least 250 cases of abuse and mistreatment at Texas facilities, most of which where documented and dismissed with little fanfare by state officials, according to public records obtained by The Texas Tribune and the Houston Chronicle.

The instances included forced fights between residents and other forms of physical abuse inflicted by workers in response to disciplinary problems among residents.

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State lawmakers say they were unaware of many of the cases uncovered, even though they spent much time during a recent legislative session trying to correct problems in how the state cares for those with developmental disabilities. To read more click here.