- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A judge has decided an 18-year-old sent to an adult jail after authorities say he was the leader of a recent riot should not be sent back to the state’s main prison for juveniles.

The teen’s lawyer argued Friday that in the adult jail he doesn’t have access to psychiatrists, teachers and others that could help rehabilitate him. The teen has been at the Department of Juvenile Justice jail in Columbia since he was 14.

A DJJ lawyer says the teen has assaulted guards and vandalizing property and his behavior has only gotten worse.

DJJ officials sent the teen and eight others to an adult jail after the February riot to help restore order.

The teen, identified in court as “Steven H.,” was charged as an adult after the riot.

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