Juvenile detention guards fired after Shelby County incident

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Corrections Corporation of America has fired six of its employees at the Shelby County Training Center after two youths complained they were mistreated.

A spokesman for the Nashville-based prison company says when CCA was made aware of the incident, the company investigated and took corrective action, notifying local officials of what was done.

Company spokesman Steve Owen referred further questions to the Juvenile Court in Memphis.

There, court services director Jerry Maness told The Commercial Appeal (newspaper) one of the 15-year-old boys had light bruises on his buttocks after complaining of being whipped with a leather restraint belt.

Maness says the other youth complained of inappropriate conduct by a staff member as both boys were being put into segregation after their disruptive behavior.

About 150 male juveniles, most of whom are violent offenders, are housed at the facility, owned and operated by CCA.

Maness says one of the teens was sent there for aggravated assault, the other for aggravated robbery.

The Children's Services Department is also investigating the incident and the results could be turned over to the District Attorney's office to see whether criminal charges are warranted.

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