AUGUSTA – The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a federal lawsuit against Long Creek Youth Development Center for alleged mistreatment, use of excessive force and violating the civil rights of an 11-year-old boy in detention.

Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement:

“We are failing as a state to protect our children. It has become clear that there has been a systemic breakdown in how this Administration provides services and care to children. We shouldn’t be waiting for the next horrific news report to hit – whether through the court process or through the legislature, real oversight is needed now.”