Lynchburg agency implements changes following juvenile detainee escape

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) New procedures are being developed, after three juvenile detainees escaped from custody in Lynchburg.

Eight members of the Lynchburg Post-Dispositional Program were taking part in an outing at Riverside Park last Thursday.

Two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year old girl walked away and disappeared into the woods. All three were back in custody at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center as of Friday morning.

A state agency reviewed the incident and found that no violations occurred. Lynchburg's Department of Human Services, which implements the Post-Dispositional Program, has decided to make some voluntary changes.

"The detention center moving forward will continue to work with all involved parties to ensure that public safety is always at the forefront of what we do," said Tamara Rosser, director of Lynchburg Human Services.

Moving forward at least two staff members will accompany all juveniles from the Post Dispositional Program during all community outings. A female counselor will be assigned to supervise young women on the trips.

The number of detainees who participate in community activities at one time will also be reduced.