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Youth Uprising at Correctional Facility

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Operations are back to normal at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility after an attempted youth takeover Sunday night.

Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Public Safety along with firefighters and other emergency personnel remained on scene until around 1 a.m. when authorities regained control.

The superintendent for the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility says the youth tried to take over one of the four living units inside of the facility. The juveniles in that facility ranged from 14 to 17 years of age.

Other youth in the unit along with staff members were able to make it to safety while police responded to the youth uprising. The superintendent says there was damage done to the facility.

Eventually the youth did come forward and comply with authority. No staff or youth injuries were reported. The case is currently undergoing investigation.

Under state law, staff at youth detention facilities are not allowed to carry weapons of any sort. The juvenile justice specialists use verbal escalation skills and do restraint training, but they are not allowed to carry pepper spray or stun guns.

Juvenile officials say this is a safety measure to make sure the detained youth do not get their hands on weapons and self-defense materials. Staff do carry handcuffs and materials to detain youth if they do get out of control.