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Agency officials agreed with just three of the 17 recommendations contained in the report, which is riddled with footnotes detailing their objections. In a response letter, officials also questioned the relevance, the methodology and the accuracy of the information in the report.

“Since [the inspector general’s office] began its investigation, DYRS has made a number of changes to policy and practice that have further reduced the number of young people who absconded from their community-based placements. Thus, many of the specific findings and/or recommendations in the report have already been addressed or explored,” DYRS Deputy Director Stephen Luteran wrote in a response to Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby.