Division for Youth
Selected Security, Safety and Payroll Management Practices
selected operating practices at Highland Residential Center,
which is located in Ulster County.
We found that, contrary to required procedures, the Center often
failed to inform the Division
for Youth central office about certain types of incidents,
including the discovery of weapons
at the Center and the commission of crimes by youths while they
were in the care of the
Center. We also identified a number of weaknesses in security
and fire safety practices. For
example, living areas were not searched as required and buildings
were not evacuated when
fire alarms were sounded. We further found that employee use of
sick leave was not
adequately controlled and some employees were paid to remain on
duty during their lunch
break even though their duties did not require such an
arrangement. We conclude that Center
management must become more involved in the operations of the
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