The Georgia youth detention center with the country’s highest proportion of reported claims of sexual contact between juveniles and staff is managed by a private company with a troubled history in other states.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution discovered during research of records that some of the state’s juvenile detention centers are managed and operated by the private sector. Further research turned up records in other states of lawsuits brought against Youth Services International alleging physical and sexual abuse against juveniles held in the facilities the company manages. Some of the allegations involve claims of sexual contact between juveniles and staff.