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Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs ponder private youth prison

BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Modified: December 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm •  Published: June 20, 2009
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clusion of the items on the agenda is a heads-up to the public and employees that the issue needs to be discussed, he said.

Board Chairman Gary A. Taylor said, "Moving down this road is a serious consideration.”

He said he also feels it is important a new state-run facility also is considered.

Christian said assaults on staff members have increased, driven in part by antiquated facilities and more violent youths.

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association opposes privatization.

"We have supported and will continue to support state-run juvenile services, but OPEA will not sit idly by and watch private profiteers use political pressure to take advantage of the state of Oklahoma during these difficult economic times,” said Scott Barger, the association’s deputy director.

The state Corrections Department contracts with private prisons to house state inmates.


BY THE NUMBERS
Youth prisons

L.E. Rader Center has 94 medium-security beds, 42 maximum-security beds, six special-care beds and six behavioral health beds.

Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center

in Tecumseh has

116 medium-security beds.

Southwestern

Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou has 78 medium-security beds.

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