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Arkansas juvenile center supervisor fired after escape

Posted August 31

— A supervisor at the Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center has been fired after two juveniles escaped the jail.

Arkansas Department of Human Services spokeswoman Amy Webb told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the supervisor did not follow procedure and allowed the 16- and 17-year-olds who escaped to cross the campus without supervision.

The two teenagers escaped about 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. They were recaptured the following day while walking along a rural road about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the jail.

Earlier this month, the department fired the director of a state-run juvenile jail in Harrisburg after a string of recent escapes at that facility.

Webb said the director of the Lewisville center was not fired because the escape was not a "systematic failure."

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