Lawmakers to Study Future of State's Youth Correctional Facility

JANUARY 18, 2007 - Posted at 4:15 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawmakers expressed the intention today to study the future of the Alexander youth lockup and whether they should continue using private companies to run the facility.

The Joint Budget Committee reviewed a $4.9 million contract for G4S Youth Services of Virginia, which will take control of the Alexander juvenile facility beginning Sunday.

John Selig, director of Department of Health and Human Services, told lawmakers he's confident the company will provide better management than Cornell Companies, which was fired last year for inappropriately injecting children with antipsychotic medications.

State Senator Shane Broadway, a Democrat from Bryant, says he wants the Legislature to have more oversight of the youth facility.  Broadway says he hopes there is further discussion on the future of the lockup.

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