Juvenile Detention Center Sued over Abuse

Juvenile Detention Center Sued over Abuse

The United States Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against state officials alleging that they failed to protect juveniles from physical abuse and sexual assault at a juvenile detention center.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma, claims that the office of Juvenile Affairs, and state officials at the Lloyd E. Rader Center “continue to engage in a pattern or practice of failing to ensure that youth at Rader are adequately protected from harm and undue risk.”

The “harm and undue risk” include physical abuse by staff at the Rader center, and other Rader inmates, and also sexual assaults and other inappropriate sexual conduct by staff.

Justice officials said in a press release, “The complaint alleges that conditions at the facility, which houses (200) boys up to 19 years old, routinely and systemically deprive youths of federally protected civil rights in violation of the violent crime control and law enforcement act of 1994 and the civil rights of institutionalized persons act of 1980.”

The lawsuit also claims that the facility failed to adequately supply inmates with mental health services for those who received psychiatric evaluations.

Previous Cases of Abuse at the Center

Investigation has revealed a history of abuse and misconduct at the center since 2002.

The U.S. Department of Justice investigation at Rader revealed that employees sexually abused three inmates, and another employee had a sexual relationship with an inmate. These incidents occurred between 2002 and 2003, and involved four female Rader employees.

In early 2004, there was investigation into alleged unconstitutional conditions at the center. There were reported assaults, rapes, and other crimes.

In July 2005, there were also reports that the Justice Department had found evidence of physical and sexual abuse by staff at the Rader center. There was also proof of Rader inmates overdosing on psychotropic drugs.

Investigations revealed that Rader staff members who were found to have sexually abused inmates were either fired or allowed to resign without facing any criminal proceedings.

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