SOURCE: DRC INTERIM REPORT
The Disability Rights Center (DRC) of Arkansas issued an interim report on the G4S-operated Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Training Center. The report raises serious concerns regarding a rise in assaults at the facility, verbal and physical abuse by staff, limiting youths’ access to family and attorney phone calls, and discrepancies in reports of youth placed under controlled observations and restraints. DRC found that a former employee who was fired for assaulting a resident was rehired and then fired again for assaulting another youth. In interviews, youths told DRC that they received rewards for carrying out staff orders to punch or slap other kids.