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This is truly disturbing. I am baffled as to why any county/state would consider using YSI to manage their detention facilities with a track record like this. By the way, you must have a paid subscription to view the entire article.

Company that runs Georgia juvenile facility has troubled history - AJC
By Rhonda Cook

Staff, youth sex abuse allegations faced by management company.

The Georgia youth detention center with the country’s highest proportion of reported claims of sexual contact between juveniles and staff is managed by a private company with a troubled history in other states.

Youth Services International has had a state contract to staff and manage the Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center in Dallas west of Atlanta since 2008, and that agreement has been renewed every year since. YSI also operates two other Georgia youth detention facilities.

According to records, YSI has had trouble in every other state it has operated in, and some of those problems involve allegations of inappropriate sexual contact between juveniles and adult staff.   

The state Department of Juvenile Justice did not respond to questions about its satisfaction with YSI or if the state knew of the company’s problems. Several attempts failed over the course of a week to reach YSI executives with the authority to speak for the Sarasota, Fla., company.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice released findings, from a 2012 anonymous survey required by the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, that 32.1 percent of the juveniles at the Paulding center reported inappropriate sexual contact with staff as well as other teenagers. Paulding’s numbers were more than three times the national rate of 9.5 percent and were the nation’s highest. Three other state-run Georgia facilities were among the nation’s 13 worst performers in the survey, which were singled out for having at least 20 percent of juveniles reporting inappropriate sexual contact.....

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