Highfields Update

No criminal charges will be filed against Highfields; that's the word from Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings.

The prosecutor's office was investigating abuse allegations at the Onondaga Youth Facility. Three alleged incidents were reported. In two of them, staff members were accused of using physical force on residents. The third involved a hazing incident.

Dunnings says employees stayed within the law when they restrained or punished teenagers there.

"I'm not saying that there was not some violations of department of human services rules, or policies or procedures the family court may have set forth, for the treatment of their students; what I am saying is that none of this conduct rises [to] the level that would warrant the issue of a criminal arrest warrant."

Camp Highfields is working on getting approval to begin housing youth offenders again.


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