OMAHA (KPTM) - Should a teenage convict get locked up in a room for a day as punishment?
Douglas County locked up a 15-year-old who was already serving time at a youth detention center. The county says it's because a fight broke out and he hit another teen inmate so hard he broke his hand.
Barbara Robinson says it all started when her son, Charles, injured himself earlier this month at the Douglas County Youth Center. What happened next has her worried about the facility's policies.
"He was put on medical lockdown, which means he would have to stay in his room for 23 hours a day," said Barbara Robinson.
Robinson tells us her son suffers from a pair of disabilities, so when she found out he was put into isolation she went digging for answers.
"I just thought it was really cruel," said Robinson. "It's torture, really. They should create a medical unit for those who get injured."
Fox 42 News spoke with the Youth Center Tuesday and learned the facility has no plans to create one. We're also told when somebody gets hurt it's standard to separate them from others, so injuries don't get worse.
Nevertheless, it's a procedure Robinson disagrees with.
"You can't rehabilitate someone if you isolate them."
Officials tell us the other teen involved in the fight was placed on disciplinary lockdown. We're told Robinson's son has an appointment with a hand specialist on Thursday.
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