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Mayor Vincent Gray, shown Wednesday at his press briefing on Freedom Plaza, said he has many questions about the two escapes and beating of a guard this week at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, a detention facility. Interim Director Neil Stanley said that planned security improvements will prevent another such escape. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Mayor Vincent Gray, shown Wednesday at his press briefing on Freedom Plaza, said he has many questions about the two escapes and beating of a guard this week at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, a detention facility. Interim Director Neil Stanley said that planned security improvements will prevent another such escape. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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