GA: Department of Juvenile Justice investigates sexual misconduct caseload

From the article: “At a meeting of the state board at the Macon Youth Development Center, officials said they have called in the GBI and the state’s Department of Corrections to help close at least 20 investigations of either sexual abuse or sexual harassment involving incarcerated youths, said Jim Shuler, the department’s communications director.”

The department has anonymous tip boxes established on housing units, as well as an anonymous tip line.  Read more here.

In Ohio, Governor Kasich formed a task force following the release of the BJS report.  The task force came up with the following recommendations for immediate action:

·         Continue the Climate Assessor initiative at each DYS facility

·         Develop effective communication methods among facility youth and staff, Central Office staff and Task Force members

·         Implement random security checks to serve as a deterrent for misconduct

·         Establish a monitoring system for supervisors who view live cameras to enhance safety and security for youth and staff

·         Develop an integrated reporting protocol to improve mandatory reporting and coordination of investigations between DYS and other state agencies

·         Enhance reporting mechanisms for both youth and staff

·         Review 2012 Activity Management System (AMS) reports to ensure that information is accurately entered

·         Develop a plan to conduct cultural assessments at all DYS facilities

·         Work with Bureau of Justice Statistics to receive a detailed summary of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) survey information pertaining to DYS facilities

·         Review, analyze and summarize historical information and reports to better understand the context of data collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

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