This past session Representative Pete Lee (D-18) and Senator Kent Lambert (R-9) introduced a bill directly affecting Spring Creek Youth Detention Center (Center). Some operating practices were brought to their attention that resulted in the bill we passed this year. This bill prompted me to set some time aside to visit the Center in our District. In addition to this bill, I had heard disturbing reports on how this facility is managed for the detainees and staff safety.
The Dept of Human Services folks gave me a tour of the facility and I asked many questions. Some were answered to my satisfaction and some were not. I noticed the staff was very lean and heard that many had worked extra hours in preparation for the visit. I asked about staff training, staff personal safety and operation protocols, the age separation and concerns about detainee conflicts and how these are handled. I asked about capacity within the facility and staffing processes.