Audit Finds Shortcomings In Juvenile Detention Centers

The state should do a better job running its detention centers for juvenile offenders, according to a new state audit. The detention centers don’t always properly document cases where young people are kept in seclusion. And auditors found different levels of oversight between 10 state–run facilities and two that are run by contractors.

The audit recommends better training on proper documentation and meeting requirements, and changes to bring contractor-operated centers up to the same standards as those run by the state. The state Division of Youth Corrections has agreed to put in place all the audit’s recommendations over the next several months.