The Department of Juvenile Justice chose to look elsewhere for “better quality services” following reports of widespread sexual victimization at Bristol Youth Academy.

The Department of Juvenile Justice announced it would not extend its contract with this UHS facility in Bristol, Florida in August 2013. A DJJ spokeswoman cited less need for beds as a reason for the closure, but local news also reported that she said:

“When we previously attempted to procure a new contract for this program, we did not get a response that we believed was adequate in terms of the services that we were looking for,” Collins said, stating they were asking for “better quality services at a price that is fair to Florida taxpayers.”

The U.S. Department of Justice reported statistics in June 2013 showing that more than 10% of Bristol Youth Academy residents reported sexual victimization by staff.

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