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State delays privatizing youth centers

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Benji Hardy reports for the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network on a delay of at least a year in the state's intention to turn over youth lockups to private operators for at least a year.

Part of the issue is a continued look at just exactly what shape juvenile facilities should take — for example should there be some less secure facilities for some young people rather than all secure facilities.

A change has been delayed at least until July 2019. The state operates seven facilities. Some have been in the spotlight in recent days for poor conditions.

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