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Juvenile Justice: Yell County
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• VIEW HERE: Yell County Juvenile Detention Center surveillance video.

• DOCUMENTS: Use of restraints at Yell County Juvenile Detention Center

JUVENILE DETENTION: Youth unit told to scrap restraint, taped helmet

posted: 10/09/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

The state Youth Services Division has directed the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center to stop restraining children in a manner that the state says is "potentially dangerous" and "exposes the youth to ridicule and humiliation," according to records obtained Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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