State juvenile justice chief: ‘Right decision’ for Youth Services International to call it quits in Palm Beach

It’s all over but the shouting:  Less than two weeks after Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation asked the Department of Juvenile Justice to temporarily shutter a troubled local juvenile detention center, the private company running the facility is calling it quits.

Sarasota-based Youth Services International, which has in recent months been the target of withering criticism by Palm Beach County Mayor Shelley Van for its operation of the 118-bed Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility, told DJJ it is terminating its multi-million dollar contract.

Although DJJ Secretary Christine Daly said in a prepared statement that it was YSI’s choice, she also stated that “YSI made the right decision.”

 

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