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NY Union Says Juveniles Injuring Staff

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Albany, NY – A union representing workers at the state's juvenile detention centers says they are taking a beating from youths in their care. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Civil Service Employees Association cites the situation at Taberg Residental Center in Oneida County where 18 staff suffered injuries, including three broken bones, a concussion and a dislocated shoulder.

CSEA says Taberg is symptomatic of a larger problem, with increasing attacks on staff under a policy shift from a correctional model to a so-called "sanctuary model" at the juvenile centers in disregard for staff welfare.

The union says an influx of females from the recently closed Tryon Girls Residential Center in Fulton County to previously all-male Taberg has increased the risk of violence against staff.

Calls to the Office of Children and Family Services were not immediately returned.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.

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