Latest Juvenile corrections News

Report: Juvenile Court made progress under DOJ oversight

Jul. 30, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Although Shelby County’s Juvenile Court made progress during the six years it was monitored by the federal government, “there is still compelling evidence of ongoing constitutional and legal violations,” an independent expert commissioned by nonprofit Just City...

New South Carolina juvenile justice chief pushes reforms

Jul. 28, 2022 05:57 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Turning around South Carolina’s chronically dangerous juvenile prisons is now the job of a prosecutor who sent some of those children to jail. Department of Juvenile Justice Director Eden Hendrick is leading the troubled agency after two of her predecessors...

Second juvenile in custody after Walmart shooting injuries 5

Jul. 26, 2022 08:07 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A 16-year-old Mount Vernon boy has turned himself in to law enforcement for his involvement in the July 17 gang-related shooting at Walmart in Mount Vernon that left five injured. Police booked the boy into Skagit County Juvenile Detention, according to a...

Lockup for 'high risk' youth going up in northeast Louisiana

Jul. 25, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A $25 million facility for juvenile offenders deemed to be “high risk” is being built in northeast Louisiana at the Swanson Center for Youth at Monroe. The News-Star reports that the Swanson center has a history of escapes and violence, a point noted by some...

After escape, youths being moved to Louisiana's penitentiary

Jul. 19, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Amid worsening problems at a south Louisiana juvenile detention facility — including a weekend escape that allegedly ended with a violent carjacking — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that some of the youths will be temporarily moved to the state penitentiary at...

Juvenile justice recruiting applicants for jobs across state

Jul. 18, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is recruiting applicants for more than 160 job openings at 24 facilities across the state, officials said. As part of the recruitment efforts, a job fair is being held July 20 at Jefferson Regional Juvenile Detention...

More escapes from Louisiana juvenile jail that saw June riot

Jul. 17, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

BRIDGE CITY, La. (AP) — Another group of six youths has escaped from a suburban New Orleans juvenile detention center that was rocked by a June riot. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the six broke out of the Bridge City Center for Youth around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. ...

Pay raises to address staff shortages at Texas youth prisons

Jul. 09, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ juvenile prison system is giving employees pay raises to address high staff turnover and staffing shortages that earlier this week prompted officials to stop accepting new children into its facilities. Direct-care staff, including correctional...

Juvenile justice agency looking to fill dozens of jobs

Jun. 28, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's juvenile justice agency is hiring people to help fill more than 90 full- and part-time positions across 24 facilities. To help in recruitment, the Department of Juvenile Justice is offering a job fair on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT at the...

Control restored after youths take over detention center

Jun. 17, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

BRIDGE CITY, La. (AP) — Control has been restored at a Louisiana juvenile detention center where a group of inmates sparked a riot after breaking out of their living areas and taking over parts of the building. Deputies were called to the Bridge City Center for Youth just before 10...