Division for Youth

Highland Residential Center: Selected Security, Safety and Payroll Management Practices

We examined 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 Center.

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