S.C. clinic bans DYRS youth

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A South Carolina behavioral clinic has stopped accepting troubled teens from from the District in the wake of two highly publicized escapes.

The Post and Courier in Summerville, S.C., quotes the chief executive officer at Palmetto Behavioral Health as saying that five D.C. teens have been transferred to other facilities and the center is no longer accepting new placements from the district.

The decision comes after an April 20 escape involving four D.C. wards in the custody of the city’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Three were recaptured in nearby, while a fourth was taken into custody in the D.C. area.

The newspaper says that incident “was followed by another escape on June 5 that involved a Washington teen and another boy. They were quickly captured. Then, on June 16, a Palmetto worker reported being beaten by two patients who were being punished for bad behavior. One of those teens was reportedly sent back to Washington, police said.”

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