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Sex, therapy, isolation: Concerns pile up in Arkansas’ juvenile lockups

BY: - July 26, 2023

Kids in Arkansas’ youth lockups over the last year were sexually assaulted, denied access to requisite therapy services and improperly isolated for extended periods, an Advocate investigation has found. A guard sexually abused two minors at a west Arkansas facility. Some children have had to spend more time incarcerated than planned due to a lack […]

Forged paperwork allowed special ed students’ move into GED program at youth lockup

BY: - September 5, 2022

Staff at Arkansas’ youth lockups forged the paperwork of students with disabilities to transfer them from special education classes to the GED program, internal emails show. The newly uncovered records further explain a suspicious increase in incarcerated youths obtaining GEDs last year. A state investigation in April found that teachers at the youth lockups — […]

Probe finds cheating in GED program at Arkansas’ youth lockups

BY: - August 16, 2022

Arkansas officials last year noticed a suspicious increase in incarcerated juveniles earning GEDs.  A review of classroom surveillance footage during a preliminary GED test at Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center confirmed their fears. An educator for the contractor that runs Arkansas’ youth lockups provided answers to students, state records show. Sarah Gober, a then-teacher for Rite […]