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State cuts off Yell County from jail kids

7 there to remain as sheriff seeks review of the lockup

By Chad Day

This article was originally published December 24, 2014 at 4:39 a.m. Updated December 24, 2014 at 4:39 a.m.


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The state Youth Services Division announced Tuesday that it will stop sending youths to the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center in Danville until it is satisfied that methods of punishment exposed by an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation are properly investigated.


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Goad says... December 24, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

DHS is to large to manage it's Divisions. Constant problems continue to erupt that they knew nothing about. The budget is huge and number of employees is totally unmanageable. Legislature needs to break it up and take the largest Divisions and make them a Department. Medicaid should be a separate Department. 3 Directors in the last 3 or 4 years. This does not allow for management with constant turnover. At least one other Division should be separated and thus a smaller, more manageable DHS. Youth Services and DDS could be combined into a separate Department. Not sure of the makeup but it's to large to manage as is.

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 24, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

All three in the video need to be fired and charged. How much of an investigation do you need the video speaks for itself.

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cliffcarson says... December 24, 2014 at 7:27 p.m.

I agree FreeSpiritMan and lets not forget that most of these Juvenile Lockups are run by Corporations. As I recall it was not all that long ago that an Arkansas Judge was charged for sentencing certain Juveniles to a Friends Lockup business also giving longer terms. One needs friends who send you business but maybe not in Juvenile detention.

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