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State, Justice Department near settlement on lawsuit

Oklahoman Modified: December 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm •  Published: May 27, 2008

/> Christian said the OJA either has addressed or will address security and treatment issued raised in the lawsuit and that $2 million in supplemental funding, which the agency received in February, will be used to curtail the potential for suicide attempts at the facility.

Some of that money also will go toward attempts to better detect juveniles who try to assault other inmates, either sexually or physically, Christian said.

One safety upgrade, Christian said, will be a wireless radio identification system that will be installed at the Rader Center. He said it will allow staff members to better monitor the movement and interactions of juveniles at the center.

Christian said the OJA also is converting a training center in Norman into a residential treatment center for juveniles diagnosed with mental health issues.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.