It was announced April 26th that Richmond’s Juvenile Detention Facility, located across the street from the Richmond City Jail, is being shut down immediately for a year. There have been allegations of bad conditions, forged paperwork, unsafe conditions, and sexual relations between guards and under age inmates.
The Juvenile Detention Center being shut down might be something of a victory, except that the Juvenile inmates are all being transferred to different facilities throughout the state. There is no doubt that this will make it more difficult for the friends and families of the inmates to visit and support them. It is also important to remember that the new facilities where these kids will be sent will still be unsafe, inhumane, brutal, and traumatic places.
Here’s to hoping that Richmond’s Juvenile Detention Center never opens up again because we stop detaining juveniles and locking them in cages.
News story about the shut down here: