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National firm grants clean bill to juvenile detention center



The Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center said today it has been given a clean bill of health from a national auditing firm. Three members from the American Correctional Association (ACA) have spent most of this week touring the facility, checking records and interviewing juveniles about the center and its operations.

The auditors said they found the center to be "a very fine facility." Auditors concluded that of 30 mandated standards, the center was 100 percent compliance on 27 standards with the remaining three non-applicable.

There were also 300 non-mandated standards the auditors inspected and found the center to be in compliance on 99 percent of them. Capacity is the one standard the board found to be non-compliant.

The state Office of Juvenile Affairs has warned the center if it continues to exceed its 80-bed capacity, the state may revoke the center's license.

Aware of the situation, auditors say the state moves juveniles who have been adjudicated out of the county and into a state facility for youthful offenders.

A hearing will be held in August in New Orleans before the audit is made official.

County officials were beaming with this early briefing.

"This reflects well for the county," said County Commissioner Ray Vaughn. "Scott Cooper



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