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Juvenile detention centers in the state will have to be licensed to ensure certain minimum standards are met under a bill headed to the governor.

Senate Bill 2364, the Juvenile Detention Facilities Licensing Act, is designed to protect and promote the health and safety of children detained in juvenile detention centers.

If it becomes law, the Juvenile Facilities Monitoring Unit of the Department of Public Safety will be responsible for licensing facilities. The bill requires a criminal records background check and a child abuse registry check for all facility administrators and facility staff. The Department of Human Services has the authority to disclose to the monitoring unit the names of potential applicants listed on the Child Abuse Central Registry or who have pending administrative reviews. Individuals or entities can be excluded for prospective or current employment on the basis of a particular crime or crimes or a substantiated finding of child abuse or neglect.

Read the full article here: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2016/04/06/licensing-juvenile-detention-centers/82704318/

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