Juveniles in Maricopa County adult jail don’t receive accredited education

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By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is not providing accredited educational services to the juveniles held in its adult jail.

During last week’s meeting of the ad hoc committee on juvenile justice, MCSO Deputy Chief of Custody Brian Lee said 27 civilian Sheriff’s Office employees oversee the program. MCSO has considered outsourcing the job to the Maricopa County Educational Service Agency, which provides educational services at the Durango Juvenile Detention Facility, but ultimately, chose not to use the accredited program.

“I can’t speak to exactly what that means in the education world,” Lee told the committee.

But Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, could.

“That’s a problem,” she told Lee.

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