As noted in your June 17 article regarding Shuman Juvenile Detention Center staff misconduct ("Shuman Officials Checking to See How Widespread Is Staff Misconduct"), the Shuman administration is checking for misconduct of its own staff. I can't help but think of the fox guarding the henhouse. Of course it should be done -- a thorough investigation is required, but it is not enough. How will those in charge prevent future misconduct and change the facility culture to one that protects the rights and safety of the youth housed in its facility?
At the state level that concern is understood and as a result independent advocates have daily access to the state-operated juvenile justice facilities where the advocates' core function is to protect the rights of youth. Shuman clearly needs someone from outside its walls, and those in charge need to make that happen!
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania