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  • Teen thugs in D.C. run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets

    A Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services ward with a history of attempting to thwart electronic monitoring let the battery drain on his ankle bracelet. An hour later, a witness placed Kevon Austin near the scene of a fatal shooting.

  • Head of employee relations board violating D.C. residency rule

    The executive director of the independent board that rules on labor complaints and resolves collective bargaining impasses between unions and the D.C. government is not a resident of the District, as required by law, but of Virginia.

  • Man convicted in teen's brutal murder was DYRS ward

    A 19-year-old man convicted in the grisly killing of a teenage woman was at the time of the murder a ward of the District of Columbia, according to sources at the city's youth rehabilitation agency.

  • Disarray at D.C. youth agency is endemic, records say

    The D.C. agency charged with rehabilitating youth offenders has squandered and underutilized resources intended for youth services during a period in which dozens of managers have left or been forced out of the agency, according to legislative oversight documents obtained through a public-records request.

  • Dwight Bowman is national vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees. (American Federation of Government Employees)

    D.C. youth agency transfers teen who sought to report ‘terrible things’

    Ebony McCombs expected to see her son one last time before he was transferred from the District's youth rehabilitation agency. But when he asked to speak with police about things Perry C. White had told him, all that changed.

  • SIMMONS: When more than a slap on the wrist is needed

    Sparing the rod does more than spoil the child.

  • Former DYRS ward surrenders in killing

    A 19-year-old who turned himself in Tuesday in connection with a fatal 2011 shooting was a Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services ward at the time of the shooting, agency sources confirmed Wednesday. The victim and another suspect also were under the department's care at the time.

  • Alexis Mattocks, now 21, a DYRS youth faces first-degree murder charges in North Carolina that could lead to the death penalty if she is convicted. (Police handout)

    Ex-DYRS ward to plead guilty in N.C. murder case

    A D.C. woman who walked away from a group home while under the care of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and other charges related to a deadly robbery attempt in North Carolina in 2010, authorities said.

  • "I don't believe all of the [medium-risk] or even the high-risk children need to be confined," said Deputy Mayor Beatriz "B.B." Otero, who oversees DYRS. "I believe each individual has the potential for rehabilitation."

    53 youths in killings were D.C. wards on 'at risk' list

    More than 50 D.C. youths in the custody of the city's juvenile justice agency either have been killed or found guilty of killing someone else over the past five years — and the majority of them had been categorized in advance as posing a "high," "high-medium" or "medium" risk of reoffending.

  • Neil Godleski

    Victim's family redirects DYRS lawsuit

    The family of a Catholic University student who was fatally shot while bicycling through the Petworth area in 2010 has dropped the District and its juvenile justice agency from a lawsuit that had accused the city of failing to supervise the 16-year-old murder suspect committed to its custody.

  • Ex-staffer for DYRS settles suit for $130K

    The District's juvenile justice agency agreed to pay about $130,000 to a disgruntled former employee who sued the city after he was passed over for the top job at a D.C. facility in Laurel that houses young offenders, according to papers from the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.

  • Former ward of DYRS killed

    The same month Andre Wiggins was released from the custody of the District's juvenile justice agency, police raided his Northeast home and found a handgun and a vial of PCP, according to officials and court records.

The New Beginnings Youth Development Center has been described as an "anti-prison."

    Ex-New Beginnings official settles suit

    The former superintendent of the Laurel facility that houses wards of the D.C. juvenile justice agency has settled a lawsuit in which he claimed he was passed over in his bid to become the permanent boss and terminated for criticizing the selection process.

  • **FILE** D.C. Council member Jim Graham (left), Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier (center) and interim DYRS Director Neil A. Stanley (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    D.C. fatal shooting involved two DYRS wards

    A homicide in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday involved at least two youths who were in the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, according to Councilman Jim Graham's office.

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