Ex-Worker Reports Abuses at Juvenile Hall

     BOISE (CN) – The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections retaliated against a worker for reporting sex crimes, beatings and harassment at a juvenile detention center, the woman claims in court.
     Jessy Hinkle sued the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections in Ada County Court.
     Hinkle claims she suffered retaliation for blowing the whistle on a laundry list of crimes and abuses.
     Hinkle claims the juvenile jail in Nampa is notorious for “its pattern and practice of wasting public funds; its pattern and practice of tolerating the waste of public funds and felony forgery by employees known or believed to routinely ‘pad’ their timecards or otherwise receive compensation for work not performed; its pattern and practice of failing to protect juveniles against violent assaults; its pattern and practice of failing to protect juveniles against sex crimes and lewd conduct committed not only be other juveniles, but by IDJC employees, and for concealing and failing to report those sex crimes as required by Idaho law.”
     Hinkle claims the retaliation was so severe she was forced to resign in March. The complaint does not state when she began work with the state.
     She seeks damages for violations of the Idaho Protection of Public Employees Act.
     She is represented by Andrew T. Schoppe, of Boise.

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