In 2016, the Nebraska Legislature adopted Neb. Rev. Stat. §83-4,134.01 containing requirements for both juvenile facilities and the Office of Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare (OIG) related to reporting on juvenile room confinement – the involuntary restriction of a child to a room or other area alone.
OIG Annual Room Confinement Reports
By law, the OIG is required to provide an annual report to the Legislature assessing the use of juvenile room confinement at different juvenile facilities in Nebraska.
The report must contain an an analysis of facilities’ room confinement reports, identify changes in policy and practice which can reduce room confinement, and provide information on evidence-based criteria for placing children in room confinement.
The OIG released it’s 2018-2019 Juvenile Room Confinement Report analyzing the practice from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
Juvenile Facility Quarterly Room Confinement Reports
Since July 2016, Nebraska law has required juvenile facilities to document and publicly report incidents of juvenile room confinement that last longer than one hour every quarter. Facilities public reports, due on July 15, October 15, January 15, and April 15, can be found on the Legislature’s website, by searching for “Juvenile Facilities” under Agency.
The OIG has developed guidelines and templates intended to help facilities meet their statutory requirements under the law and ensure that the OIG’s annual report on room confinement is accurate and fair.
These guidelines have been updated to reflect the passage of LB 670 in 2018 and should be used beginning July 1, 2018. They address:
- Which facilities are required to document and report on room confinement;
- What is considered a juvenile room confinement incident;
- What information about incidents of room confinement must be documented;
- What information about room confinement must be reported;
- How facilities that use room confinement report to the Legislature and OIG; and,
- How facilities that do not use room confinement report to the Legislature and OIG.