Tenn. youths may be sent to Texas after escapes

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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:41 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some of the teens who were involved in escapes at a troubled juvenile detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee, may be transferred to Texas.

Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1xP4V72) the youths continue to pose a risk and haven't been allowed to return to the Woodland Hills facility.

Juvenile court judges have already approved moving three youths. Another nine face being transferred.

Johnson says all the youths were involved in at least one of two mass escapes in September and have been held in temporary detention facilities since being recaptured.

He says transferring them to The Oaks Brownwood facility in central Texas presents logistical challenges, but would give the teens access to educational and therapeutic services, which aren't available in temporary facilities.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com