Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, Golden, Colorado
May 1, 2019

At least 8 detainees in the Cedar Lodge housing unit of the state-run treatment facility for juvenile offenders fought guards during a disturbance. The causes and details of the incident remain unclear, but 4 juveniles and 10 staff members were injured with 4 staff members being transported to the hospital for treatment.

Golden City Police were dispatched to respond to the incident shortly before 6 p.m. Officials say that two juveniles who they claim instigated the disturbance have been separated from the general population and will likely face charges.

A 2010 Department of Justice report found that 12% of the juveniles at the facility experienced sexual assault there, 80% of which was committed by a staff member. Those numbers were higher than the national average.


Riot at Youth Facility Under Control“, Press Release, City of Golden Police Department, Karlyn Tilley, Communcations Manager, May 1, 2019.

Riot at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden results in multiple injuries“, The Denver Post, May 1, 2019. 

At least 11 staff members injured in riot at youth detention facility in Golden“, Fox 31, May 1, 2019.

Riot at Troubled Lookout Mountain Juvie Detention Center, 14 Injuries“, Westword, May 2, 2019.



Report: 12 percent of youth report sexual abuse at youth corrections facility in Golden“, Westword, January 7, 2010.