Crime and Shoddy Conditions Persist At Juvenile Detention Centers

Juvenile detention centers and training schools are getting less oversight despite long-standing problems such as crime, personnel shortages and shoddy conditions. That's according to a report in The News And Observer of Raleigh. The shortcomings were first revealed in a state audit four years ago. It noted that conditions were dangerous for staff and juvenile offenders at C-A Dillon Youth Development Center in Butner. Even so, rusted metal doors, leaks, and a 5-foot-wide patch of missing tile in the school gym remain at the center. About a fourth
of its 20 teaching positions are open, which leads to canceled
classes. Further, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention recently paid 500-thousand-dollars in a settlement after
taking responsibility for failing to prevent a 16-year-old from
committing suicide at the center.


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