Scrutiny ongoing at Arkansas lockup for juveniles

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials with the Arkansas Division of Youth Services and a nonprofit disability rights group say they will work together to investigate allegations that staff members at the state's largest juvenile lockup rewarded youths with candy bars for punching, slapping or bothering others.The Disability Rights Center of Arkansas released a 19-page report last week that detailed the allegations and statements from youths who say they were assaulted by staff members in video surveillance "dead zones" at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center near Alexander.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) spokesmen from the Disability Rights Center and the Youth Services Division say they were committed to investigating the allegations and to working together to address other recommendations for improving the state's juvenile justice system that were included in the report.