Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shuman Center Needs Adequate Resources

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shuman Center Needs Adequate Resources

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The June 20 editorial "Shuman Watch: 'Kind of Shocking' at Juvenile Detention Center" sensationalizes a small number of incidents without including the facts involved.

Shuman Center is charged with the difficult task of detaining mentally ill and violent youth offenders. The most recent state inspection report indicates that 90 percent of the youth detained at the facility are "red carded" as violent and that 50 percent have been diagnosed with mental health issues.

There is no doubt that all staff must follow protocols to protect the detainees and themselves. Yet the licensing representatives for the state Department of Human Services have made errors in the past in alleging abuse by the staff at Shuman. These errors have been part of the reason for the provisional license, even though the state's judges have ordered the allegation of abuse removed from the staff members' records. …

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