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Oklahoma to end use of pepper spray at juvenile prisons


April 14, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Children in the care of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs will no longer be exposed to pepper spray.

Members of the Board of Juvenile Affairs voted unanimously Wednesday to stop using the spray on children, The Oklahoman ( ) reported. The decision will be in effect by June 1.

"They've been traumatized by their parents, by their communities and a variety of things," said Terry Smith, deputy director of resident placement and support. "They come to us, and what they need in my opinion is a home life that they can trust and begin to develop rel...

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