Major problems uncovered at Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center

MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) – Major problems were exposed at the Shelby County juvenile detention center when it came to preventing troubled teens from harming or killing themselves.

According to the Commercial Appeal, consultant Lindsay Hayes spent three days at the Shelby County Juvenile detention center in August to inspect the jail and to review how suicide threats are handled.

According to Juvenile Judge Curtis Person, the detention center for juveniles hasn’t had a suicide in nearly 40 years, but teens have certainly harmed themselves.

According to the Commercial Appeal, detainees have chewed off their own flesh, repeatedly banged their heads against walls, and about six months ago, a detention officer grabbed a detainee who was about to jump from the second story.

After Hayes inspected the jail, he found the suicide prevention training to be inadequate, saying it requires immediate action to improve it.

http://www.wmctv.com/story/19802184/major-problems-at-the-shelby-county-juvenile-detention-center

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