Transcription

Indiana Department of Correction2014-Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance ReportClark County Juvenile Detention Center609 Meigs AvenueJeffersonville, IN 47130December 2nd – 3rd, 2014JUVENILE DETENTION STANDARDS AUDIT TEAM MEMBERSAmy Karozos and Michelle MosierYouth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana445 North Pennsylvania Street Suite 520Indianapolis, Indiana 46204(317) eam.orgChance SweatDYS, Director of Juvenile Detention InspectionsIndiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services302 West Washington Street, Room E334Indianapolis, Indiana 46204(317) [email protected] WhitcombDYS, Director of Reentry & External Relations1118 So. State Road 25Logansport, Indiana 46947(317) [email protected] LeeJDAI Juvenile Justice StrategistIndiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services(317) [email protected] a g e 1 of 7Clark County - Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance Report

Indiana Department of Correction2014-Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance ReportClark County Juvenile Detention Center609 Meigs AvenueJeffersonville, IN 47130December 2nd – 3rd, 2014I.IntroductionThe annual inspection of the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, for compliance with theIndiana Juvenile Detention Standards, pursuant to 210 IAC 6, was conducted on December 2nd –3rd, 2014, by the following team: representing the IDOC, Division of Youth Services was ChanceSweat, DYS, Director of Juvenile Detention Inspections; Kellie Whitcomb, DYS, Director of ReEntry and External Relations; Amy Karozos, Staff Attorney, Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana;Michelle Mosier, Compliance Monitor, Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana; and Yul Lee, JDAIJuvenile Justice Strategist.The 2014 inspection constitutes the 18th annual inspection of the Clark County Juvenile DetentionCenter. The inspection consisted of a facility tour, staff and youth interviews, and a review ofpolicy, procedure, and demonstrated practice as related to the Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards.Compliance with 100% of the mandatory standards and at least 90% of the recommended standardsis required to attain “Full Compliance” in accordance with the aforementioned code.A tour of the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center revealed many concerns related to conditionsof confinement and the quality of life for the youth held at the Center. Immediate action is necessary;please submit a corrective plan of action no later than 30 days after receipt of this report.II.Facility DemographicsRated Capacity: 14Actual Population: 11Average Daily Population for the last 12 months: 17Average Length of Stay: 11 daysFull Time Staff: 14Part- Time Staff: 11Contracted Staff: 4Counties served: Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Washington and Jefferson County, KentuckyData system: AccessIII.Facility DescriptionThe Clark County Juvenile Detention Center is located in the city of Jeffersonville, Indiana. TheCenter opened in August 1991. The Clark County Juvenile Detention Center is a 14-bed, securefacility and is located inside the Clark County courthouse.P a g e 2 of 7Clark County - Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance Report

Indiana Department of Correction2014-Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance ReportThe Clark County Juvenile Detention Center Facility Director- Lyda Abell oversees the detentionoperations with the assistance of Facility Assistant Director- Jennifer Snawder. Judge VickiCarmichael and Clark County Circuit Court #4 are the governing authority of the facility.The 14- coed, single-bed cell detention facility consists of a Main control station, classroom, andsmall kitchen, 2- dayroom areas, an indoor game room, an outside recreation area, library, laundryroom, and medical room. An additional single-bed cell is located near the control room and is usedfor isolation and observation purposes.IV.Facility Tour and Conditions of ConfinementA. Conditions of ConfinementThe team toured the entire facility. Lyda Abell, Facility Director and Jennifer Snawder, AssistantFacility Director accompanied the team on the tour and were more than willing to answer the team’squestions concerning facility operations.The sanitation levels and building maintenance of the main areas of the facility were found to be inpoor condition.Areas of concern include:- Intake area and office areas were disorganized and had stacks of papers and suppliesthroughout;- Conference room had holes in the wall in need of repair;- Walls in kitchen and front dayroom needed to be cleaned;- Kitchen refrigerator was missing parts and the seal appeared in disrepair;- Kitchen sink has a significant leak and is in disrepair;- Juvenile cells had profanity, graffiti, etc. scratched on walls, bed frames, desks, stool,windows, and doors;- Juvenile cells had missing floor tiles and the baseboard area of the walls needed repaired orrepainted;- Juvenile cell doors had locking devices in disrepair;- Blankets had holes in them and needed to be replaced;- The main showers have been inoperable for months;- The bed frame in the observation room is pulling away from the wall and is need of repair;- Storage cabinets were missing handles;- The walls in the outdoor recreation area needed to be painted.There were also water stained ceiling tiles, however facility staff reported that the building’smaintenance department was addressing this issue.B. SecurityYouth Detention staff at the center have been trained to use the Safe Crisis Management program forde-escalation techniques and defensive tactics with the youth. The center does have access to arestraint chair when all avenues are exhausted to de-escalate but does not use any otherimmobilization devices. The center does use the observation cell and individual room restriction forbehavior violations, programming disruption, and / or out of control behavior. All isolation incidentsare approved by Facility Director or designee and juveniles are monitored visually by unit staff.P a g e 3 of 7Clark County - Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance Report

Indiana Department of Correction2014-Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance ReportC. Environmental ConditionsThe detention center opened in August 1991. The environmental conditions are currently belowsatisfactory levels for the confinement of youth.D. Food ServiceThe detention center has a small kitchen in which all meals are prepared by Detention Center staff.Observations of the kitchen revealed: the refrigerators were dirty with food and juice stains; drystorage food items were not dated and frozen food items were not dated; kitchen counter tops, theoven and crock pots, the walls and kitchen window were dirty, covered with grease, dust and foodstains. After speaking with Detention Administrator about the condition of the kitchen, all deficitswere immediately addressed.E. Medical ServicesThe medical office appeared to be neat, clean, and orderly; medication inventory logs were accurateand up- to-date.The Clark County Juvenile Detention Center contracts medical services with Nurse PractitionerDenise Brooks, and nursing services with LPN- Mike Hammond. All staff are trained in CPR/FirstAid, AED and medication distribution.F.Educational ProgramThe education classroom was clean, orderly, and promoted a learning environment. Youth wereobserved positively interacting with the teacher.The education program is overseen by Lyda Abell, Facility Director of Services and Teacher JanelleFitzpatrick. Ms. Fitzpatrick’s position is funded by Title 1 grants. The detention center staff workswith the youth’s home school to get school work either emailed or faxed to the detention center.The detention center school program includes access to a Smart board, desk top computers andlaptops.The Youth attend school Monday thru Friday, twelve-months per year and have 6 hours of instructionper day. They also participate in 1 hour of physical education per day, monitored by detention staff.F. VisitationThe Center provides visitation area for youth and their parents or guardians at least one day per week.P a g e 4 of 7Clark County - Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance Report

Indiana Department of Correction2014-Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance ReportV.InterviewsThree youth (3 male) were interviewed by Michelle Mosier and Amy Karozos using combinedquestions from the IDOC detention youth inspections document and the Youth Law T.E.A.M.suggested questions. Interview questions covered: Intake and Admissions; Social Services;Academic, Vocational, and Work; Library; Recreation; Living and Sleeping Areas; andDiscipline and Rule Violations; Access to Counsel; Medical Care; and Food Service.Staff gave us privacy and allowed access to all juveniles. The youth were open, not hesitant, andseemed to feel comfortable about talking about the facility. Youth interviewed reported that theyknow the rules, felt safe and all were very positive about the staff. All youth were able to call a parentor guardian when they arrived at the center. All juveniles knew how to access medical, mental healthcare and attorney. The youth reported being served three meals a day (including two hot meals).VI.Special AffiliationsClark County Juvenile Detention Center participates in the Indiana Juvenile Detention Association(IJDA), the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), and the Indiana Juvenile Mental HealthScreening, Assessment and Treatment Project.VII.Inspection FindingsA. Review of Folders-Folders were very organized and easy to read.B. Non- applicable and Non- compliant StandardsOf the 275 recommended compliance standards, one (1) were identified as non-applicableand two (2) standards were found to be non-compliant. A list of these standards is attachedto this Compliance Report.VIII.ConclusionThe Clark County Juvenile Detention Center was founded to be in compliance with 100%of the mandatory standards and 98.91% of the recommended standards. However, due to theserious concerns regarding the facility’s maintenance and the poor conditions of confinement aCorrective Action Plan shall be developed.It is important to note, staff at the Center were respectful, positive, and seemed to sincerely careabout the quality of care provided to the youth; however they have been unable to resolve manyof the building maintenance issued identified in this report.This report, which becomes public information ten (10) days from the date of mailingP a g e 5 of 7Clark County - Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance Report

Indiana Department of Correction2014-Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance ReportPlease contact me at (317) 607-6507 should you have any questions concerning this report.Respectfully submitted,C. SweatChance SweatDirector of Juvenile Detention InspectionsIndiana Dept. of Correction / Division of Youth ServicesPhone: 317-232-5741Cell: 317- [email protected]:Christine Blessinger- Acting Executive Director of Juvenile ServicesKellie Whitcomb- Director of Reentry & External RelationsHonorable Vicki Carmichael; Juvenile Judge, Clark CountyLyda Abell – Facility Director, Clark County Juvenile Detention CenterFileP a g e 6 of 7Clark County - Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance Report

Indiana Department of Correction2014-Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance ReportStandards determined to be non- applicable and non- compliant from a total 301 Standards(26 Mandatory and 275 Recommended Standards)2- Non-Compliant:2.92- The number of juveniles does not exceed the facility's rated bed capacity. (ACA-2B-06)Comments: Facility exceeded rated bed capacity during the inspection period2.102- Handicapped juveniles are housed in a manner that provides for their safety and security. Roomsor housing units used by the handicapped are designed for their use and provide for integrationwith the general population. Appropriate facility programs and activities are accessible tohandicapped juveniles confined in the facility. (ACA-2C-09)Comments: Facility does not have fully accessible handicap cell1-Non-Applicable:1.34- If there is a commissary or canteen, strict controls are maintained over its operation and regularaccounting procedures are followed: (ACA-1B-18)P a g e 7 of 7Clark County - Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards- Compliance Report