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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Dyrs
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.
DYRS youth being involved in homicides is not a new phenomenon. Now, DYRS Director Neil A. Stanley has reported that the recidivism rate among this population has decreased, a development that drew praise from city leaders.
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.
A small team of lawyers for the D.C. labor-relations office appeared in D.C. Superior Court this week to fend off allegations that the District government is conspiring to interfere in an intra-union dispute over the leadership of a 200-member bargaining unit for youth-corrections officers.
An 18-year-old ward of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services recently told staff at a juvenile detention facility he shot a senior-level agency administrator last year, according to agency documents and high-ranking union officials who represent DYRS workers.
At least a dozen high-level and veteran employees of the troubled D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services have resigned or been forced out of their jobs in recent months, The Washington Times has learned.
Six weeks after an inspector general's report chastised officials for failing for more than a year to form a committee to review serious crimes committed by juvenile offenders on the run from custody, the District appears to be moving forward to establishing it.
Toward the end of an oversight hearing Friday concerning the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, former youth corrections officer Keith McDaniel offered testimony that sharply questioned DYRS Director Neil Stanley's leadership, judgment, character and integrity.
The District's juvenile justice agency needs to provide more substance-abuse treatment options for its troubled wards and drastically improve its communication with parents of young people housed as far as Utah, a D.C. Council committee says.
Like so many other D.C. youths, Alexis Mattocks grew up before her time.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says Council member Marion Barry's efforts to hold up $1.5 million in funding for a trouble-plagued juvenile detention center has delayed security upgrades by "more than a month."
Two D.C. teens in the custody of the city escaped from a residential treatment facility in Northwest on Wednesday, The Washington Times has learned.
In response to two highly publicized escapes, a D.C. Council member who oversees the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services wants to speed up the release of pertinent information to the public when a young offender flees from custody.
Across the nation, states have been experimenting with more compassionate approaches to juvenile justice, but the lack of effective options in Washington raises questions about the success of its ongoing reforms.
Five teenagers loiter behind a scarred steel door that opens on the cramped foyer of a squat, brick apartment building, one of many in a warren of public-housing complexes in Southwest Washington. Their looks are vacant but their manner is confrontational.