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Study finds juvenile detention centers lacking

SPRINGFIELD -- Last year, a federal court ordered a review of the state's youth prisons after workers sued for poor conditions.
SPRINGFIELD -- Last year, a federal court ordered a review of the state's youth prisons after workers sued for poor conditions. The report is now out and shows not much has changed.

The report looks at all six facilities statewide. Experts spent months n the inside and found a lot of problems.

The biggest is a lack of resources at the state's youth prison for mental health patients. There are only about half the number of staff members needed.

It's causing a host of other problems like inmates getting the wrong doses of medicine. Plus, they're spending more time in solitary confinement than they should be.

An outside study by the John Howard Association found the same problems in its investigation. Experts say the state shouldn't let it linger. Other findings include inmates not getting enough from educational programs and inmates staying past release dates.

The John Howard Association says none of this has to do with budget problems; the system just hasn't figured out the right way to use its resources.
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