Shuman juvenile center's license downgraded pending improvement plan
The state Department of Public Welfare yanked the license of Shuman Juvenile Detention Center after the facility failed to adequately address regulatory violations DPW found this year, including a violent incident between a guard and an inmate.
The state on April 24 instead issued Shuman a provisional license, a downgrade, which gives the Lincoln-Lemington facility six months to improve. If that doesn't happen, the facility could get a second provisional license or lose its license entirely, state officials said.
“I'm disappointed, and I am awaiting Shuman's response to correct it,” county Manager William McKain said Friday. “(The state) gave us a provisional because they said there was inadequate progress on two items.”
Shuman Director William “Jack” Simmons declined to comment.
Simmons submitted plans April 5 to correct the violations, which stem in part from an incident Jan. 4 in which former detention Officer Ronald White is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old inmate. He was fired March 12. The state found that Shuman made inadequate progress to implement the corrections and downgraded the license. State officials did not specify how Shuman failed to comply.
The state inspected the facility Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 2. DPW investigators wrote that Shuman officials waited four days to report the alleged physical abuse to the state, a violation of state law. Simmons wrote to the state that supervisors reported the incident as soon as they realized there was potential physical abuse.
The state's description of the incident is similar to an Allegheny County police affidavit that accused White of hitting inmate Taymar Young's head with a forearm from behind, into a metal door frame.
Police charged White, 43, of Braddock with simple assault and official oppression. Union officials filed a grievance in an effort to get White rehired. He awaits trial on the charges.
Simmons and Deputy Director Lynette Drawn-Williamson each received five-day, unpaid suspensions amid the state investigation.
The suspensions followed a March 8 report by the county manager that found apparent payroll discrepancies, allegations of favoritism on the job and problems with internal security at Shuman. McKain asked the Controller's Office to audit Shuman's payroll system and the Shuman Center Resident Fund, which solicits cash and donations for inmates.
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Antarctica yields life in extremist of conditions, so what about on another planet?
- Players respect coach, refuse to blame Johnston
- Rogue Catholics in Society of St. Pius X to reopen West End church
- Dow Chemical, Olin in $5B cash-and-stock deal
- Kittanning senior Kunst shoots lights out at Cager Classic skills event
- Tourists rush to visit Cuba before Americans
- Credit card use reflects confidence, flat wages
- South Allegheny softball poised for successful season
- Cal U women win Division II national title with 86-69 win
- Eagle egg breaks, parents abandon nest
- Daily Courier roundup: Frazier softball rallies past GCC