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Promise of family services misses the mark in Arkansas, study says

updated: 05/29/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

Bobbie Gross put her own son behind bars. Or at least that's how she sees it. Worried about her 17-year-old's drug addiction, Gross went to the courts for help last June. She thought that by filing a petition with a juvenile court judge, her son could get drug treatment and maybe an order to go to rehab, which she believed was what he really needed.

Youth lockup's fixes earn second chance from state

updated: 03/28/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

The state's Youth Services Division announced Friday that it will begin sending young offenders back to a juvenile lockup in Danville because the facility has addressed several problems discovered last fall, including that guards used restraints and pepper spray as punishment.

Teenager in lockup that agency avoids

updated: 02/04/2015 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A teenager in state custody was locked up Tuesday at a north Arkansas juvenile detention center even though the state had stopped sending youths there because of concerns about how the lockup used restraints and solitary lockdown.

No state kids, 2nd lockup told

posted: 01/01/2015 4:31 a.m. Comment 1

The state Youth Services Division has stopped sending youths to an Independence County juvenile detention center after a state investigator found the lockup violated state standards by using restraints and 23-hour lockdown as punishment, a division spokesman said Wednesday.

Yell County to replace director at youth lockup

posted: 12/30/2014 3:35 a.m. Comment 1

The Yell County sheriff's office will replace the administrator of its juvenile detention center, a move that follows an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation of the lockup that found staff members and local law enforcement used restraints and pepper spray for punishment.

State cuts off Yell County from jail kids

updated: 12/24/2014 4:39 a.m. Comments 3

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.

Reports, lockup's video tell 2 sides of broken arm

posted: 12/22/2014 3:44 a.m. Comments 17

The police officer and the deputy entered the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center just a few minutes before 8 p.m. on March 22, and a group of boys playing cards around a table scattered.

Bound and punished

posted: 12/21/2014 3:09 a.m. Comments 7

Sitting in the restraint at the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center, the girl could barely move.

EDITORIAL: A report’s fine, but …

posted: 12/15/2014 6:41 a.m. Comment 1

There may be some room for praise after that latest report from the Division of Youth Services last week — some room.

Report lauds kids lockup's new measures

updated: 12/11/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

The state Division of Youth Services released a report Wednesday praising action taken by Yell County officials after a youth advocate discovered that the county's juvenile detention center was using a restraint device to punish children for minor misbehavior.

JUVENILE JUSTICE: Hutchinson pops in at kids lockup

posted: 12/03/2014 4:51 a.m. Comments 3

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson made a surprise visit Tuesday to the state's largest youth lockup, where he met with boys and girls housed there as well as new leadership put in place after allegations of physical abuse at the facility surfaced last summer.

EDITORIAL: Cruel but not so unusual

posted: 11/21/2014 2:43 a.m. Comment 1

So the plot thickens when it comes to this Wrap thing that some adults running the juvenile jails in Arkansas had been using on the kids. Turns out at least one juvenile lockup used the, uh, "restraining device" as punishment. Which is, and was, against the rules. And should be.

JUVENILE DETENTION: Youth lockup used restraint as punishment

posted: 11/18/2014 3:46 a.m. Comments 13

One kid threw wet socks. Another flipped off a staff member. Several others beat on doors and walls in their cells and didn't stop when asked.

Editorials: Restrain the restrainers

posted: 10/16/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

You'd be forgiven if you thought that photograph on the front page of last Thursday's paper was part of the paper's annual Halloween coverage. It could have been. The picture looked like something from one of those Haunted Houses that pop up this time of the year.

3 youth lockups urged to end use of Wrap device

posted: 10/11/2014 3:21 a.m. Comment 1

The state Youth Services Division sent letters Friday to three juvenile-detention centers, urging them to stop using a restraining device that immobilizes children's legs.






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