30 juvenile inmates on the run in a city, it sounds like something
from a scary movie. But it happened in Nashville, Tennessee.
The juvenile detention centers in both Idaho Falls and
Pocatello are located near the heart of these communities and that has many
wondering if it could happen there.
“It can happen at any
facility if the right conditions exist,” said Brian Walker, 3-B Director. “The bottom
line is making sure that you have protective measures in place.”
3-B is designed with special locks and doors. Brian says there
should never be a problem as long as the keys stay in the proper hands. And in
the juvenile system, the guard to inmate ratio is a little more favorable.
“Even at the national level the officer ratio in juvenile detention
facilities is supposed to be one officer for every eight juveniles,” said
Walker. “And so unlike the adult system we have the opportunity to have a lot
more officers that are available to oversee and supervise juveniles while they
are in our custody.”
Just to put that into perspective, across the Idaho border
in northern Nevada it was recently
reported that guards at an adult
facility there were outnumber 180-1.
“We take our jobs very seriously and we know that we are
there to provide not only a service for the community, but also hopefully
change the lives of young people while we have them here in our custody,”