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Panel Considers Isolation For Violent Juveniles

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The board that oversees state youth detention is considering the use of isolation rooms as a way to reduce violence at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center.

The Juvenile Affairs Board is also looking at use of pepper spray, leg restraints and solitary confinement. The board is likely to take action next month.

The Tulsa World reports youth lockup officials are making changes because of the closure of the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs. Since that facility closed, the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center is the only maximum-security setting for delinquents.

Officials say they have the funds necessary to build the isolation rooms, a cost estimated at $500,000.

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