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Isolation time exceeds limit at Oklahoma youth facilities

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Staffs at two juvenile corrections facilities in Oklahoma routinely exceeded the limits of time a youth could spend in isolation.

That's according to the Oklahoman newspaper, which reports that the state has a limit of three hours for juveniles in isolation. The newspaper reports that an analysis of two years of restraint logs shows that staff at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh and at Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou routinely exceeded the limit.

Keith Wilson is executive director of the state Office of Juvenile Affairs. He says isolation can surpass three hours if a mental health professional assesses the child and allows for it to continue. He says isolation periods sometime extend through a child's bedtime, so it wouldn't count toward the three-hour maximum.
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