Placement drops at Sheridan juvenile facility

Cheyenne, WY – The number of youths at Normative Services has declined by two-thirds since a rash of assaults and other problems at the Sheridan juvenile facility.

Normative Services began the year with about 150 youths and now has about 50.

Those who remain include nine youths placed by Wyoming judges. That's down from 39 state-placed youth in February, when the state Department of Family Services gave notice it would terminate its contract with Normative Services.

Other problems at Normative Services have included youths running away and an alleged sexual assault.

Adam Shapiro, CEO of Normative's parent company, Sequel Youth and Family Services, says measures are being taken to improve the facility.