Opposition has been building to the state¿s plans to build a new jail to house juveniles charged as adults, and activists kept up the pressure in 2012. The chief arguments are that the state should invest in programs to keep juveniles out of the justice system, rather than sink money into a new building that as planned is far larger than necessary given trends in youth arrests. The state says the current facilities can't meet the needs of the youth population. During the summer, The Sun reported that a number of juvenile detainees were being moved from the jail after complaining about conditions, including assaults, poor medical treatment, and power outages that brought on intense heat and overcrowding. The state, which denied such claims, moved the detainees to a different facility, while the Department of Justice, which has an oversight agreement in place with the state, made its first visit in years. Plans for the jail, meanwhile, press on.
Kenneth K. Lam
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