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


Division of Youth Services response to The Wrap

Photo by Source: Excerpts from internal incident reports from the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Listing of major incidents at the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center.
Photo by Nikki Dawes
Illustrations showing the use of the Wrap in Yell County.

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  • Testingonetwothree
    December 21, 2014 at 4:28 a.m.

    A juvenile-justice expert called the methods "barbaric" and a violation of children's rights....all the experts bitch and moan but none are willing to work in these hell holes with these pre felons..

  • 3rdhog
    December 21, 2014 at 6:11 a.m.

    Chaos ... poor kids but criminals in all aspects. So who is going to bring in the civil right lawyers. Pepper spraying criminals in restraints tells everything to the situation. Improperly trained staff and inexperienced leadership.

  • PopMom
    December 21, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.

    These people need to be fired. They are not helping these disturbed and at-risk children. Children should not be bound and gagged for "talking back." The kid whose arm was broken had not done anything wrong before the worker tackled him and bent his arm back. Not all of these kids are prefelons. When I volunteered as a CASA worker, I met some kids in these facilities whose only crime was being abandoned by their parents.

  • Morebeer
    December 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

    My understanding is that the reason for the head wrap is to keep them from banging their heads against the walls and such. No, pop, kids abandoned by their parents go into the foster care system, not the juvenile justice system. The state is being given a difficult task. If they drug the kids to make them manageable, it's criticized for that. Restrain them so they don't bang their heads or cut themselves, it's criticized for that. My brother worked in one of these facilities in another state. He's been punched in the face more times than he can count. The wrap looks monstrous. The taxpayers should probably spring for enough money so every uncontrollable delinquent can have his own padded cell.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    December 21, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

    I'll bet the director is related to Dick Cheney.

  • PopMom
    December 21, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.


    I can tell that you have not worked with any disadvantaged youth. If the parents or foster parents think that the kids are "out of control," i.e. they flip the bird at somebody because they are angry because they are being neglected and not fed, they can end up in one of these places in no time.

  • Jolyncarter12211929
    December 21, 2014 at 8:52 p.m.

    It is a presumption that all kids in there are there because of "criminal" activity. That's not so. Some are there because they pulled the same dumb kid pranks we did and now days... The rules are different. Are you aware you can be sent to a juvenile faculty because of school infractions? I personally know the family of the boy whose arm was broke... You know... The ones who the officers and directors said was fighting them and combative... The video tomorrow will put that story to rest and show the truth. Keep watching folks... You might just realize that maybe... Just maybe... It's how they use these tactics that cause a lot of the problems they have with these kids. And harden repeat rapist are NOT suppose to be in there mingled with young kids either. And the director that resigned and took another job??? Was investigated by the state police after a audit showed misappropriation of funds. Prosexuting attorney choose, after conferring with Gilkey NOT to press charges so I understand... And she resines for health reasons but made a miraculous recovery to go to work else where.