Will do further study before seeking private provider. A plan to reprivatize seven secure facilities housing delinquent youths has been pushed back by at least a year, the head of the Division of Youth Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services acknowledged in an interview Monday. The juvenile treatment centers, which house 163 youths across the state, were taken over by the DYS on Jan. 1, 2017. In August, Governor Hutchinson and DYS Director Betty Guhman announced the lockups would be returned to private contractors as soon as summer 2018, with a request for proposals to be issued by the end of 2017. But December came and went without the agency issuing an RFP. Guhman, who was appointed...
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DYS to keep youth lockups