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The Bernalillo County juvenile detention center filled 41 corrections officer positions, increasing the total to 66 COs, allowing the facility to reopen a previously closed pod
The pilot program launched in late 2023, but by early May, youth inside the specialized unit were removed “at their request” and involuntary placements were halted
The investigation will examine whether Kentucky protects the facilities’ juveniles from excessive force, prolonged isolation, violence and sexual abuse, the DOJ said
About 250 filed officers were reassigned in March to understaffed juvenile halls in a successful effort to prevent the closure of the county’s two largest facilities
The Long Creek Youth Development Center is little more than half-staffed and nearly closed down in 2023, according to the Maine DOC
The inmates, ages 14 and 15, fled after they overpowered and took a Jenkins County deputy’s 45-automatic handgun and knocked him unconscious with it
During the escape attempt, 100 staff members were scheduled — the minimum needed to run Los Padrinos — for the shift, but only 40 showed up
The emergency plan will shift a minimum of 200 probation officers to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and at least 50 officers to the Barry J. Nidorf Secure Youth Treatment Facility on 90-day rotation
Some of the proposed legislation would make all state prisoners serve 85% of their sentences before they’re eligible for early release as a reward for good behavior
Sheriff Michael Moore is advocating for a temporary solution due to his deputies spending up to 15 hours traveling as far as Tennessee to transport juvenile inmates from housing facilities to court
Board members declared both Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, open for less than a year, and the Barry J. Nidorf Secure Youth Treatment Facility to be “unsuitable” to continue housing youths
The court’s opinion cited developmental differences between adults and children and their differing capacities for rehabilitation
The looming deadline comes after Los Padrinos and the Barry J. Nidorf Secure Youth Treatment Facility failed key inspections in January
The lawsuit alleges that juvenile detainees had their civil rights infringed upon at the Adair County facility and that the center failed to properly train staff
The Los Angeles County Probation Department, which has struggled to maintain staffing levels for years, is also rethinking the physical qualities it looks for in new hires due to the recent levels of violence
Under one of the proposed bills, a court could not sentence an individual under 19 years old when the crime was committed to imprisonment for life without parole eligibility
The agreement said if space becomes needed at the Youth Detention Center for a Baltimore City minor, staff from the Towson adult jail will pick up the Baltimore County detainee housed there within hours and bring the minor back to Towson
That turmoil reached a fever pitch last summer when a SWAT team had to intervene after 20 youths took over parts of the Bridge City Center for Youth, the same day five juveniles escaped from that facility by cutting a hole in the floor
Video shows the 17-year-old suspect shooting at windows inside the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Facility while holding a juvenile resident hostage
The lack of security upgrades “is very concerning,” the mayor of Baton Rouge said. “We are dealing with a facility established in 1952, designed to rehabilitate youth for less serious crimes”
The five juveniles turned violent when they attempted to escape the Swanson Center for Youth, a senator said
The CO was beaten from behind by an inmate who manipulated his cell door lock
In the latest incident, a group of six juveniles attacked a staff member, creating an opening for a young man to take the staff member’s keys and then scale a fence
Despite a substantial funding hike, enduring staffing challenges persistent in the state’s juvenile justice system
“The defendant continues to be obsessed with violence and could not stop his obsession even while incarcerated at the jail,” the judge said
“Prolonged and stalled” adjudication, charges that don’t lead to incarceration and delayed transfers to long-term detention lead to overcrowding at the short-term youth detention center
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center wants to add 26 detention officers and increase pay to combat overtime expenses and reduce officer burnout
Four of the cold, tired teens turned themselves in after the “planned, but poorly planned” escape and five others were captured after a brief car chase
Amanda Brown is accused of giving inmates prohibited items, including a vape pen