§ 950-1-12-.14. Juvenile Housing
(1) Each sleeping area has at a minimum, the following:
(a) sleeping areas that are compatible with the OATP mission
(b) adequate and appropriate space for personal hygiene needs
(c) adequate space for Program activities
(d) 25 square feet of unencumbered space per occupant
(e) access to toilets and a wash basin with hot and cold running water 24 hours a day without staff assistance
(f) a bed, mattress, pillow, personal storage space
(g) temperatures that are appropriate to the summer and winter comfort zones
(2) Dayrooms provide sufficient seating and writing surfaces for every juvenile using the room at one time. Dayroom furnishings are consistent with the security needs of the juveniles assigned.
(a) Toilets shall be provided at a minimum ratio of one for every 12 juveniles in male facilities. Urinals may be substituted for up to one-half of the toilets in male facilities. All housing units with three or more juveniles have a minimum of two toilets.
(a) Juveniles shall have access to operable showers with temperature controlled hot and cold running water at a minimum ratio of one shower for every eight juveniles. Water for showers is thermostatically controlled to temperatures ranging form 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the safety of juveniles and to promote hygienic practices.
(5) HOUSING FOR JUVENILES WITH DISABILITIES
(a) Juveniles with disabilities are housed in a manner that provides for their safety and security. Rooms or housing units used by juveniles with disabilities are designed for their use and provide for integration with the general population. Appropriate Programs and activities are accessible to juveniles with disabilities.
(6) MALE/FEMALE SLEEPING AREAS
(a) Male and females do not occupy the same sleeping room.
(7) JUVENILE HOUSING (WILDERNESS)
(a) Wilderness facilities shall promote the safety and well-being of juveniles and staff.
(b) The Facility will have:
1. sleeping areas that are compatible with the OATP mission
2. adequate and appropriate space for personal hygiene needs
3. adequate space for Program activities
(c) Housing in tents shall be structurally sound and in good repair, maintained in a sanitary condition, and shallprovide adequate protection to the occupants from the elements.
(d) Heating during the winter months shall be provided in tents occupied by juveniles or staff. Program participants shall be provided with adequate clothing for cold weather conditions.
(e) Each sleeping area has at a minimum:
1. 25-square feet of unencumbered space per occupant
2. access to toilets and a wash basin with hot and cold running water 24 hours a day without staff assistance
3. a bed, cot, or bunk, mattress, or ground pad, sleeping bag, pillow, personal storage space
4. natural light(New Rule: Filed December 17, 2004; effective January 21, 2005. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)
Author: Alabama Department of Youth Services, Office of Licensing and Standards
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 44-1-27(a)(b), 44-1-24(4)(6), 38-13-4.
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