Curtis Gilbert | APM ReportsCorrespondent
Curtis Gilbert is a correspondent for APM Reports, an investigative reporting group based at American Public Media. He has reported extensively on children in the foster care, mental health and juvenile justice systems. He also writes about police and the use of deadly force. Curtis contributed to both seasons of the hit podcast In the Dark. He began his career as a producer and reporter at Minnesota Public Radio, and he teaches narrative journalism at Macalester College.
Even after serious allegations, here's why shutting down a teen treatment facility in Utah is no easy taskOpening a youth treatment center is relatively simple in Utah. But state regulators often can't — or won't — shut a place down after abuse is alleged.
Inappropriate contact between children and staff members has happened with some frequency in Utah’s teen treatment programs. From November 2018 through July 2021 — state regulators have investigated at least 20 reports of staff pushing the boundaries with clients, sometimes amounting to sexual abuse.
Her hands bound, a girl was forced to sit in a horse trough. The Utah troubled-teen center faced no penalty.