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Authorities search for juvenile escapee

Posted November 30, 2009

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— State and local authorities were searching Monday for a juvenile who didn't return to a detention center in Butner after spending the holiday weekend at home.

The juvenile, identified only as Joshua S., spent the weekend in Wake County and was supposed to return to the C.A. Dillon Youth Development Center Sunday afternoon. Authorities said he was last seen in the Sandy Forks Road area of north Raleigh at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities with the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention said they are concerned about the public's safety because of the unpredictable behavior of escaped juveniles.

Anyone who knows of Joshua's whereabouts is asked to call local law enforcement officers.


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  • OncomingStorm Nov 30, 2009

    While I agree that the juvenile system needs to be tightened, the folks who enforce it are generally over-worked and under-staffed. As concerned citizens we need to petition our legislators to investigate and improve the system. They can say the budget doesn't allow for many changes, but the reality is that constructive changes can be made if we simply toughen existing legal punishment limits and toughen the sentencing structure a bit. We have relatively new facilities which, if we're told are insufficient, is simply another way of saying they weren't done right the first time. Gang activity and juvenile delinquency are growing societal problems which cannot be shoved under a carpet.

  • aj6 Nov 30, 2009

    If they are so concerned for the publics safety why did they let him out in the first place. The system is a joke and those running it should be replaced.