Outdated Security System and Leadership Faulted In Report On RI Training School

Oct 6, 2017

The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families released a report Friday on a spate of violence at the state Training School. 

The juvenile detention center was the site of several incidents over the summer. In one case four staff members were sent to the hospital, along with two juveniles.

The report cites problems with leadership, equipment and an outdated security system. DCYF Director Trista Piccola said the department recently purchased radios so staff can communicate in the event of an equipment failure.

"I think it is a safer place than it was  60 days ago," Piccola said. "I think we still have some work to do and I think that’s reflected in the report.”

Piccola said she doesn’t yet know how much the improvements might cost. She estimates that a new security system could run in the neighborhood of a half-million dollars.