NY union: Juveniles injure Taberg detention center staff

By Associated Press

TABERG, N.Y. (AP) - A union representing workers at state
juvenile detention centers says they are taking a beating from
youths in their care.

The Civil Service Employees Association cites Taberg Residential Center in Oneida County, where 18 staff injuries included three broken bones, a concussion and a dislocated shoulder.

CSEA says Taberg is symptomatic of increasing attacks under a policy shift from a correctional model to a so-called "sanctuary model" in disregard for staff welfare.

The union says adding females from the recently closed Tryon Girls Residential Center to previously all-male Taberg increased the violence risk.

The Office of Children and Family Services says Wednesday safety is a primary concern, senior managers have been sent to provide support at Taberg, and most staff injuries happened while
restraining youths, not in assaults by them.

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