“I’m here because I hurt myself and they put me in confinement and observation.”
-B.G. age 18, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Woodburn, Oregon
B.G. is self-abusive. He is not taking his meds and he is combative. He wouldn’t think twice about hurting the staff.
His clothes are removed when he goes in to prevent him from hanging himself. Those bruises on his body are self-inflicted. This is the Crisis Intervention Unit, we have a few kids in here today. They are all monitored 24 hours a day. The staff is divided evenly between male and female, although there are about 280 male juveniles in the facility today. We switch to a male officer if they are using the bathroom or showering. He’s not naked, he’s wearing his skivies. We are watching them continuously.
– Observing Oregon Youth Authority Officer