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Federal Judge Orders Changes at Juvenile Detention Centers

The ruling came after the organization Disability Rights Vermont sued alleging dangerous conditions

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    Federal Judge Orders Changes at Juvenile Detention Centers

    Vermont's state-run juvenile detention center has been ordered to reduce the use of solitary confinement and ease disciplinary procedures.

    On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford issued a preliminary injunction requiring the changes at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester.

    Vermont Public Radio reports Crawford ordered the Department for Children and Families, which runs Woodside, to make changes in the use of seclusion, restraint techniques used by staff and the treatment of youth in mental health crisis.

    The ruling came after Disability Rights Vermont filed suit alleging children at Woodside were held in dangerous conditions. The group's executive director, Ed Paquin, says he's pleased with the ruling.

    Shooting at 2nd Wisconsin High School Leaves Community in Shock

    [NATL] Shooting at 2nd Wisconsin High School Leaves Community in Shock

    A school officer and a student were injured at Wisoonsin's Oshkosh West High School Tuesday morning, when the student was shot after attempting to stab the office with a sharp object. The shooting comes just one day after a school resource officer at Waukesha South High School shot a 17-year-old armed student who refused to drop his weapon.

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019)

    DCF says it's "supportive of making changes to policy and practice that are reflective of current best practices for youth."

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