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Scrutiny ongoing at lockup for kids

posted: 08/24/2014 4:04 a.m. Comment 1

Officials with the state Division of Youth Services and a nonprofit disability rights group said Friday that they will work together to investigate allegations that staff members at the state's largest juvenile lockup rewarded youths with candy bars for punching, slapping or bothering other children.

Youth lockup tells group: Send authorities evidence

posted: 08/20/2014 5:03 a.m. Comment 1

The contractor that runs the state's largest juvenile lockup said Tuesday that if a disability rights group has evidence of abuse perpetrated by its staff, the group needs to report it to the proper authorities: either the state Children and Family Services Division or the Arkansas State Police.

Lockup's kids said rewarded for violent acts

posted: 08/19/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Children housed at Arkansas' largest juvenile lockup reported that staff members have directed youths to bother, slap or even punch other youths in exchange for rewards such as candy bars, according to a report from a nonprofit disability-rights group.

Curb restraints, lockup advised

posted: 08/06/2014 5:44 a.m. Comment 1

Staff members at the state’s largest youth lockup physically restrained disruptive children in many situations that could have been defused earlier using verbal calming tactics, a consultant has found.

Teen offenders leave cells behind

posted: 07/28/2014 4:28 a.m. Comments 4

The thin teenager leans against the cool cinder-block wall of a hallway separating a classroom from a jail cell.

Texas ricin mailer sentenced to 18 years

posted: 07/17/2014 5:02 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former actress to 18 years in prison for mailing letters containing ricin to President Barack Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a Washington, D.C.-based gun-control advocate.

$530,715 benefits at-risk kids

posted: 07/02/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Twenty-one programs aimed at helping at-risk youths learn job skills, stay in school and control their behavior were awarded federal grants totaling $530,715, the Arkansas Division of Youth Services announced Tuesday.

Focus on assaults, group drops in on youth lockup

posted: 06/27/2014 3:19 a.m. Comments 2

Monitors from a nonprofit disability rights group visited Arkansas' largest youth lockup this week as part of their investigation into what caused an increase in assaults at the facility, the group's director confirmed Thursday.

FBI boss warns of terrorist diaspora

posted: 06/25/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

FBI Director James B. Comey said Tuesday that terrorism remains the country's main threat, particularly Islamic extremists abroad and "home-grown" terrorists who plot jihad from their basements.

Assaults known at youth lockup

posted: 06/22/2014 3:59 a.m. Comments 4

Top officials in the state Division of Youth Services were aware of "numerous" allegations of staff members assaulting youths at Arkansas' largest juvenile lockup at least four weeks before the division ordered a facility-wide review, internal emails show.

Lockup youth hurt; worker fired, another quits

posted: 06/19/2014 5:33 a.m. Comments 7

Injuries to a child at Arkansas' largest youth lockup over the weekend resulted in the firing of one employee and the abrupt resignation of another before he could be fired, the state Youth Services Division disclosed Wednesday.

2nd employee fired at state youth lockup in April

posted: 06/14/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

The state Youth Services Division disclosed Friday that a second employee had been fired from Arkansas' largest youth lockup in April.

Youth lockup assaults to get monitors' look

posted: 06/13/2014 5:34 a.m. Discuss

A federally funded disability rights group will send monitors into Arkansas' largest youth lockup in response to a near doubling of assaults reported at the facility between 2012 and 2013.

Youth lockup sees assaults soar in 2013

posted: 06/12/2014 5:29 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' largest youth lockup reported more assaults last year than it has in each of the past five years, internal numbers from the state Youth Services Division show.

Obama tours state's storm ruin

posted: 05/08/2014 6:15 a.m. Gallery Comments 11

President Barack Obama visited this tornado-ravaged city Wednesday, promising residents that they won't be alone as they rebuild their homes and businesses.

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