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More chaos erupts as teen inmates go wild inside Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center

fox8.com

2021-12-17

“The FOX 8 I-Team has obtained video showing teens going wild behind bars. It’s just the latest outbreak of violence inside the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. The latest trouble happened last weekend, and it marks at least the fourth recent violent incident there caught on camera. The video shows chaos as teens go on the attack. Young inmates rush in and jump other inmates. All of the kids were being held in the lock-up facing charges in crimes on the streets.”

Juvenile Court has only itself to blame for ending union contract on safe, stable staffing.

cleveland.com

2021-10-15

“The indifference of elected judges and incompetence of appointed management drove the facility into a Dickensian state. The first step towards improving conditions is to respect the workers doing the job and reinstate the contract.”

Worker held hostage during stand-off at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center

fox8.com

2021-10-14

“The FOX 8 I-Team has obtained video showing how a stand-off broke out inside a local juvenile detention center with a teen inmate holding a worker hostage.

Colin Sikon, union leader with Local 860, says the detention center has become a more dangerous place with more violent teens, chronic short-staffing of guards and not nearly enough detention officers.”

Detained youth in Cuyahoga County face unacceptably harsh conditions.

cleveland.com

2021-10-06

“In addition to lacking access to basic hygiene – like soap, clean laundry, and sanitized living spaces – youth are forced to wear soiled underwear and be shackled to use the bathroom. Those who refuse to be shackled are given bags to relieve themselves in their cell. They often go to bed hungry and wake up famished. There aren’t enough staff to transport youth throughout the facility. Thus, meals are delayed, youth eat alone in their cells, daily exercise and in-person school is denied, and rehabilitative programming and family contact is nonexistent. This “lockdown” is the facility’s response to understaffing, which court officials have publicly acknowledged as a crisis.”

Video shows incident that placed Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center manager on leave.

fox8.com

2021-09-08

“The FOX 8 I-Team has uncovered video showing more chaos with new trouble inside the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. Security video from the latest incident shows why a detention center manager has been placed on leave and is now facing both internal and criminal investigations. During that, a manager throws punches. A report indicates the manager, “placed handcuffs around his hand as makeshift brass knuckles and punched him four to five times.” A sheriff’s report revealed that trouble broke out on a night with the detention center incredibly short-staffed. That report revealed just nine detention officers were working when full staff would be 22.”

Judge cites staffing ‘crisis’ in asking for raises for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center officers.

cleveland.com

2021-09-01

“Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court’s administrative judge asked county officials to raise the salaries of detention center officers, citing a staffing “crisis” at the juvenile lockup that could lead to a “catastrophe.” Judge Thomas O’Malley’s Aug. 24 letter to Cuyahoga County Public Safety Chief Robert Coury outlines a host of issues at the detention center, including that a lack of staffing has led to an increase in juveniles being held in isolation and violence inside the facility.”

Inmates Rampage in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center Causing $20,000 in Damage

fox8.com

2021-08-11

“This happened just hours before inmates also went on a rampage in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. The county said three teens were involved in that, but they caused $20,000 worth of damage to the juvenile lockup. We should be able to show you what happened inside the detention center as the teens went wild, but a month after the incident, the county says it has no security video. The I-Team asked why, but no one at the county seems to know.”

Riot at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center happened while center was short-staffed, records say

cleveland.com

2021-08-10

“The riot at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center on Saturday happened while the juvenile lockup was short-staffed, according to records released by the juvenile court on Tuesday. The low-staffing levels resulted in corrections officers locking 30 inmates in that part of the detention center in their cells for long periods.”

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