SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. – The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2017 court ruling that children in detention centers must be provided with personal hygiene items.
The appeal came after the condition in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas facility became public. Reports indicated that it was overcrowded, had a foul odor, and the children, some there for months, were unable to shower or brush their teeth. Following the initial reports, Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian, outraged much of the public by stating the the Flores Agreement of 1997 did not state that the government had to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, or soap.
These hygiene basics were not the only part of the ruling upheld by the appeals court on Thursday. The Trump Administration was also reminded that adequate sleeping conditions, sanitary restrooms, comfortable temperatures, as well as, adequate edible food and clean water must be provided to all detained children.
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