Focus on assaults, group drops in on youth lockup

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 3:19 a.m.

Staff members escort boys between classrooms at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center near Alexander. The state’s largest youth lockup has come under fresh scrutiny by the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that assaults nearly doubled at the facility last year.

Monitors from a nonprofit disability rights group visited Arkansas' largest youth lockup this week as part of their investigation into what caused an increase in assaults at the facility, the group's director confirmed Thursday.

Assault at Alexander youth lockup with pie chart

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