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The escape Wednesday came after an 18-year-old used a ladder to hop a razor-wire fence after beating a corrections officer Sunday night at New Beginnings, the District’s secure facility in Laurel. The youth, identified as Travon Curry, drove the officer’s car past a guard post and abandoned it about 20 miles away in Southeast.

Police are still looking for the youth in the D.C. area, Chief Lanier said Thursday.

DYRS is responsible for more than 1,000 committed youth in its custody, including 225 at residential treatment centers in other states.

D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat and chairman of the D.C. Committee on Human Services that has oversight of DYRS, said “this recent breakout is another example of why we need to thoroughly examine the practices and decision-making processes of this agency in regards to the placement of our juvenile offenders.”

In particular, he said, “it underscores the need for us to re-examine and analyze the use of residential-treatment facilities outside of the District of Columbia.”

He said D.C. youths placed out of state typically come back to the District with no network, because any possibility for family contacts and support “is greatly diminished.”