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Saturday, February 25, 2006

DOC fires Pendleton juvenile center chief

Wabash Plain Dealer, IN
The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Correction responded to a spate of problems including excessive force at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility by firing the prison's superintendent and replacing her for up to six months with a team of senior agency officials.

Correction Commissioner J. David Donahue fired Superintendent Jane Burns from the agency for what he termed ‘‘unacceptable practices'' and ‘‘missteps of management at the facility,'' including not following department policies.

Three guards currently face criminal charges over their actions at the juvenile center about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

The actions Thursday follow a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department this month in which the state agreed to correct civil rights violations at three state juvenile facilities dating to 2003. The violations included physical abuse by guards, physical and sexual abuse by other inmates, and mental health and special education problems.


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