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  •  Some of what children are subjected to: (6+ / 0-)
    In December 2010, A.A.7 alleges he was asked by corrections officers to exit his cell for an unknown reason. Upon exiting, a supervisor allegedly jumped the youth and kicked him in his back four times. The supervisor then put him in his cell and another officer reportedly stomped on the youth’s left leg. In January 2011, during our tour, we observed a bruise on A.A.’s left leg that was in the shape of a boot print similar to the kind of boot worn by a corrections officer. The Facility made no report of this incident.

     In September 2010, B.B. was exiting the shower area for escort to his cell, when he reportedly was thrown against a wall and choked twice by one of the two officer escorts. Both officers reported to their Lieutenant that force was used because the youth was pulling away. The Lieutenant questioned the officers and issued a rule violation report form to B.B. for disruptive behavior. The Lieutenant did not report the incident to his supervisor. In October 2010, the Facility investigation found via the in-house security cameras and admission by the officers that the officers had used excessive force and that the Lieutenant failed to report a use of force to the next chain in command. The disciplinary action taken was unclear.

     In August 2010, a Military Training Instructor (“MTI”) in the Regimented Inmate Discipline Program (“RID”) instructed youth to prepare for a pat search. The MTI grabbed an unidentified youth by the waist of his pants and pulled until he was able to lift him from the floor by the waistband of his pants, reportedly causing the youth extreme pain. Then, the same MTI grabbed another unidentified youth by the neck, slammed him into a wall and then proceeded to choke the youth. The Facility investigation revealed that both youth were not being aggressive and did not warrant uses of force. The investigation recommended termination of the MTI, but the outcome is uncertain and there is no indication that the incident was referred to the local Sheriff’s Office for criminal investigation.

    •  Thank you for being on top of the issue. (2+ / 0-)

      I first realized how awful the increasing incarceration of young African Americans is while watching a documentary on the life and times of Harry Belafonte.

      Five and six and seven year old wearing shackles and then going off to a youth detention center. For most minor of offenses.

      Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

      by Truedelphi on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 02:40:13 PM PDT

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