In September 2004, Arizona signed a new consent decree agreeing to address these problems, which remained in effect until 2007. 23, 2004; “Suicidal Tendencies: The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Is a Bloody Mess,” revealed that youths in the state’s juvenile facilities were “routinely degraded; verbally, physically and sexually abused; hog-tied; forced to sleep outside in freezing weather” and that “staff members have slugged children in the face and…locked children naked in cells overnight after turning the air conditioning on high.” A U. Department of Justice investigation in 2002 found that the Alexander facility failed to provide constitutionally required care, but the investigation did not reveal the extreme maltreatment documented earlier.Now called the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center (AJATC), the Alexander facility remained under federal supervision until 2012, after which indications of systemic maltreatment quickly re-emerged.
An expert review conducted in 2003 as part of the lawsuit determined that California suffered from “a serious problem of violence in its institutions” as well as excessive reliance on isolation, including the use of cages to isolate non-compliant youth.
In 2006, an expert review panel reported that state facilities were still plagued with high levels of violence, unsafe conditions for both youths and staff, and frequent lockdowns.
Though the state signed a consent decree in 2005 promising wholesale reforms, court monitors continued to document widespread violence and maltreatment.
The violence rate inside state facilities did not decline from 2005 to 2011.
Beard Safety and Welfare Remedial Plan: Final Comprehensive Report, Sept. Cate, 27th Quarterly Report of the Special Master, Oct. Maltreatment documented since 2011 In 2014, the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections acknowledged “a gamut of problems” at the Spring Creek Youth Center and released data showing that 139 assaults had occurred in the 80-bed facility over the prior year, including 16 violent attacks that caused or were intended to cause serious bodily injury.
In 2013 alone, police were called to the facility for seven sexual assault incidents and 14 other assault incidents, and Spring Creek employees filed 60 workers’ compensation claims.In 1998, the described Long Lane as “deplorable,” and a “wretched warehouse.” After the closure of Long Lane in 2001, a May 2002 report by Connecticut’s attorney general and child advocate criticized the state Department of Children and Families for licensing and failing to properly oversee a privately-run youth corrections facility, Haddam Hills Academy, where staff organized some youth residents to act as “hit squads” against other youths in the facility.A September 2002 report detailed deep problems at the new Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CTJS), including the excessive, arbitrary and unsafe use of physical restraints.Three times in early 2014, employees at AJATC resigned or were fired after physically assaulting confined youths.An August 2014 monitoring report found that AJATC staff had encouraged youths to assault other youths, rewarding them with candy bars.In 2004, following several suicides in Arizona facilities, a U. Department of Justice investigation documented widespread physical and sexual abuse of youths by staff at the Adobe Mountain School, as well as excessive and inappropriate use of disciplinary isolation and failure to protect youths from attacks by other youths (and in some cases actively encouraging fights among youths).