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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Feds Investigate Indiana Juvenile Detention Center

From The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the troubled Marion County Juvenile Detention Center, focusing on how the staff can prevent or investigate abuse and how detainees can air grievances.

The investigation comes after a series of high-profile incidents surfaced at the center in the past four months, including reports of sexual abuse of females in custody and shoddy bookkeeping.
According to a letter sent to local officials July 18, the civil rights investigation will seek to determine whether there are "systematic violations" of the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of civil rights. The letter cited three key areas for review:
  • Protecting juveniles from harm, including sexual abuse of female residents by staff members.
  • The child abuse reporting and investigation systems.
  • The ways residents can report and resolve grievances.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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