Youth Correctional Facility Back to Normal Operations

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Mon, October 7 2013 at 7:31 PM, Updated: Mon, October 7 2013 at 7:35 PM

Oregon Youth Authority says that around 8pm Sunday night officials began a search for contraband in the living unit of the Rogue Valley Youth correctional facility in grants pass.

The facility, houses young men who are serving sentences for crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.

Ken Jarin of the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility says "these situations are rare in juvenile facilities and within OIA."

Officials say 11 of the young men refused to allow officials to search their cells, became unruly and started damaging property in the living unit.

The staff tried to gain control and called the Grants Pass Department of Safety and the Oregon State Police for assistance.

Jarin says "throughout the incident staff made some very good decisions that were very helpful that helped us make sure that the youth and staff were during it, also the help from the Grants Pass Public Safety, also Oregon State Police were tremendously helpful."

The inmates somehow barricaded themselves inside.

All staff members were evacuated, except one who wasn't able to get out.

Concerned for his safety he locked himself in the observation room in the living unit he was later evacuated by authorities.

"Safety and security are our biggest concern, and that we were able to control the situation without anybody getting injured," says Jarin.

Law enforcement began negotiations with the youth and around 12:30am Monday morning and they did surrender.

Officials say that none of the youth or staff members were hurt in the incident.

Now the facility is just focused on getting back to normal.

"We have some mental health providers they are here talking to youth and talking to the staff that were involved in the incident and are heading back to a normal schedule," says Jarin.

An investigation will be on going to find out what exactly caused the youth not to comply with the searches.

Oregon State Police are also investigating to see if any charges will be brought against the young men.

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