State Names Ninth Director in 10 Years for Youth Services Division

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A veteran of the Iraq war and director of a national law enforcement training center in Arkansas has been named head of the Arkansas Youth Services Division, which oversees facilities for juvenile offenders.

Ronald Angel will become the ninth director of the state agency in ten years when he takes over June 1, the same day he retires from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Law Enforcement Training Center and Security and Investigation Center in North Little Rock.

Angel also is retired from the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade.  He deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2004.  Angel said that rehabilitating children in state custody is a goal of his.

State officials are looking at ways to improve juvenile lockups after numerous problems, particularly at the Alexander Juvenile Correctional Facility, where the Justice Department in 2002 found several civil-rights violations.

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