BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WBRC-TV MyFoxAL.com)—JUVENILE DETENTION-ALA.
AP: Alabama DYS records shoddy on private homes
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Call up Alabama's Department of Youth
Services and staff members can tell you fairly quickly how many
claims of assault, sexual abuse and other violations have been made
by young people housed in the six youth facilities run by the
But the same information is not so readily available for the 26
privately run facilities that the state agency pays to house
youthful offenders. Private detention centers hold about half of
the agency's juvenile wards, but DYS says it doesn't routinely keep
statistics to show what is going on in those lockups.
The Associated Press contacted the state agency as part of a
national project that found a lack of oversight and standards makes
it hard to determine how many youngsters have been assaulted or
neglected while in youth centers around the country.
After the AP's inquiries, Alabama DYS officials said changes
will be made later this year to begin keeping better track of
information on abuse claims in the private centers.