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New Manager for State Youth Facilities

  State lawmakers Wednesday awarded a contract worth more than $70 million to a Nevada company to manage the state youth lockups until 2023. The agreement includes the day-to-day operations of the facility in Mansfield.

   Rite of Passage, a Nevada-based company, will begin management on July 1. That’s when the state’s contract with Youth Opportunity, LLC will expire.

  The state’s youth detention facilities in Mansfield, Dermott, and Harrisburg house more than 200 children who committed juvenile felonies, misdemeanors, and other infractions. The Arkansas Division of Youth Services, part of the state Human Services Department, is responsible for the detention facilities.

   The facilities that Rite of Passage will operate have the capacity to house 230 children in residential beds and 20 in assessment beds, according to the state news release.

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