Division of Youth Services Deputy Director Glen Holt was onsite at the Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center on Monday morning, November 18. Atop the agenda, a review of protocols and training.
Holt, along with staff members of Youth Opportunity Investments, fencing contractors and Captain Philip Pevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office walked the perimeter of the facility looking for ways to improve safety and security at the facility.
“They wrote down things that need to be done,” shared Pevehouse. “I am hopeful things are going to get better.”
Senator Terry Rice stated that a review of protocols, adjustments, augmentation in certain areas of the new fencing, and additional training are all part of stated improvements to help deter escapes. “Even though the new fence is now in place, I have requested to know the estimated completion time on the additional enhancements,” Rice added.
Members of the Community Advisory Board, which was formed by YOI to improve community relations, will meet on Tuesday evening, November 19. Members of that board include Mansfield Mayor Buddy Black, Huntington Mayor Gary Lawrence, Waldron Mayor David Millard, Mansfield Alderman Rick McDaniel and local businessman Shawn Silvey.