Grand Jury: Juvenile Hall needs security improvements |

Grand Jury: Juvenile Hall needs security improvements

A Nevada County Civil Grand Jury report says security upgrades are still needed at the Carl F. Bryan II Regional Juvenile Hall, despite some improvements that have been made since a grand jury’s inspection in 2005.

Other findings by the grand jury included that most juveniles incarcerated at the facility are there because of criminal behavior due to drug or alcohol use. And that most juveniles who are repeat offenders often “graduate” to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility after the age of 18.

The grand jury also found that the health of the wards is monitored and determined by non-medical Juvenile Hall employes when an on-site health care professional is unavailable, which could lead to misdiagnosis. The grand jury recommended hours and days of medical coverage by health care providers to be increased to resolve that issue.

In a three-page report released this morning, the grand jury found that “facility security has been improved” but the following issues remain a concern:

There is not enough outdoor lighting to allow 24-hour surveillance of the recreation yard.

The single video camera in the recreation yard does not have a direct line of sight to all points in the yard.

The area surrounding the recreation yard is not secure.

Contact visits are allowed, and juveniles are not always strip searched thoroughly after these visits.

The grand jury recommendation for improved security measures include the installation of outdoor lights in the recreation yard and surrounding area; an additional video camera to be installed in the recreation yard; the recreation yard fence should be locked during yard maintenance; and juveniles should be strip searched thoroughly after contact visits.

The grand jury also recommends improvements to be made for ward and staff safety with eyewash basins needed in the kitchen and laundry areas.

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