Bloody Riot at Youth Detention Center Being Blamed On "Misguided" Covid-19 Policy
Date:  04-17-2020

Fear and uncertainty among staff and youth became flashpoint for violence when youth were suddenly moved between two facilities
From Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:

NEW YORK — Nearly 50 New York Police Department officers were called to help put down a violent, bloody riot that broke out at Crossroads Juvenile Center Sunday night when youth in detention managed to break out of their cells, access a supply room, turn mops into weapons and beat several guards, one so badly they needed stitches.

The mayhem broke out just days after current and former guards at the facility voiced serious concerns that conditions at the facility — created by a haphazard makeshift policy in response to the pandemic — were desperate and dangerous, a product of what they said was a misguided and ill-conceived plan to deal with the coronavirus crisis consuming the city.

One of the youth was able to hide a tool in his room and strip the hinge off his door over the course of a week, sources said, who asked to remain anonymous due to their jobs. Once he removed the hinges, he was able to knock down the door and free another five detained youths. Continue reading >>>