UNDER STUDY: The juvenile center at Alexander.

The Arkansas Disability Rights Center has issued another report on conditions at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center in Alexander, operated by a private contractor for the state Youth Services Division.

The report deals with an increasing assault rate and reports of staff encouraging violence by juveniles against others. It also details a failure to deal with various shortcomings — areas outside the reach of monitoring cameras, for example — that have long needed correction.

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Tough kids are committed there. Treatment is difficult. Staff can be provoked. But the report is strong indication that Arkansas can do better with its toughest cases. It’s worth a read.

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