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In this Feb. 13, 2020 photo, a fence surrounds the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, Neb. Two state-run homes for Nebraska's high-risk juvenile offenders are facing new scrutiny after a string of high-profile escapes and violence. The incidents at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers in central Nebraska have escalated to the point that state officials are moving the most violent youths to separate facilities and lawmakers are proposing millions of dollars in facility upgrades to try to keep them and the adults who treat them safe. (Kayla Wolf/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Juvenile facilities in Nebraska rocked by violence, escapes

Feb. 16, 2020 11:05 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A sudden and puzzling increase in violence and escapes at Nebraska's two state-run homes for high-risk juvenile offenders has prompted officials to move some of the teenagers to other facilities and to consider spending millions of dollars on upgrades intended to enhance safety. The...

SC juvenile prison director promises to improve conditions

Feb. 6, 2020 6:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of South Carolina's juvenile prisons promised Thursday to work with federal officials who determined young inmates civil rights are being violated because they aren't protected from fights and assaults and are put in isolation too often. The U.S. Department of Justice...

Fights, isolation: Feds say SC doesn't protect young inmates

Feb. 5, 2020 8:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina juvenile prison violates the civil rights of its young inmates by failing to protect them from fights, forcing them to spend days or weeks in isolation for minor offenses and failing to get them mental health when they threaten to harm or kill themselves, federal...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a campaign event at Jethro's BBQ'n Pork Chop Grill, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Klobuchar's claims about black teen's case draw criticism

Feb. 3, 2020 10:10 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Civil rights activists and legal experts challenged Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s claims that she was unaware of questionable evidence and police tactics used to send a young black teen to prison for life when she was a top Minneapolis prosecutor. In an interview with “Fox News...

David Meehan, lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit accusing the State of New Hampshire of covering up decades of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at its youth detention center, poses outside his lawyer's office in Portsmouth, N.H., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Meehan accuses three staffers, one who later worked for the Boston Red Sox, of sexually assaulting him, and others of witnessing and enabling the abuse. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

AP Exclusive: Dozens allege abuse at youth detention center

Jan. 12, 2020 8:25 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — More than two dozen men and women say they were physically, sexually and emotionally abused as children at New Hampshire’s state-run youth detention center over the course of three decades, according to attorneys who have filed a class action lawsuit on their behalf. The...