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Commentary: Youth facility riot Friday night

By Vicky Pike

For months rumors have been going around of how terrible the situation is in the juvenile justice prisons in Kentucky. First was the Lyndon facility that was in news. Now here at the facility located in Columbia. I along with others live within a mile or so of this facility. Talk has it that they were extremely short staffed. New hires leave within days. Older more seasoned employees were overworked to the breaking point. Many being injured repeatedly over time. Older employees are trying to hang on for their benefits at retirement.

Our facility needs to be looked at as closely as the one in Lyndon near Louisville. Obviously, something needs to be done to retain new hires as well as reward those older employees who have held the place together for months. I for one don't want to wake up to a prison break within a mile of my home. These kids that are at this facility are some of the worst in the system and from what I hear some of those from the Lyndon facility were sent here.

I'm pleading with anyone in a position to help from whatever office or position you hold to investigate this thoroughly and make sure something is done to improve this prison. I personally have made several calls and emails to news media and others in positions of authority to bring the problem here to light as well as other places. I fear for our community if there is a prison break at this facility. It contains the worst offenders in the system. That's why it is maximum security.




This story was posted on 2022-11-13 10:05:25
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Jail riot at AYDC under control as week begins



2022-11-14 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The riot at the youth prison in Columbia - Adair Youth Development Center (AYDC) - is reported by Kentucky State Police Post 15 to be under control. Information is coming to light, however, that trouble has been brewing for some time. Investigations are underway.

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