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Department of Juvenile Services considering limits to strip-searches and shackling

Department of Juvenile Services considering limits to strip-searches and shackling

The Department of Juvenile Services says it is considering new limits on when youths are strip-searched and shackled, a signal that the agency is softening its stance on policies that have drawn the ire of lawmakers and advocates.

The potential changes were outlined in a report the agency was required to submit to General Assembly budget committees after lawmakers withheld $1 million from its budget to compel more information about the practices.

Juvenile services officials said policies under review include those that call for youths to be shackled when they're transported and to be strip-searched upon their return to state facilities.

A task force is studying the...

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