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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.

  • D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, says the number of youths being committed to DYRS has been "dramatically reduced" in the past two years.
(The Washington Times)

    DYRS' rosy recidivism report overlooks key facts

    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.

  • 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.

  • FOP loses bid for restraining order in fight over leader

    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.

  • DYRS youth tells staff he shot agency administrator

    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.

  • Exodus at D.C. youth agency raises questions about management

    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.

  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Gray nominates member for youth runaway panel

    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.

  • **FILE** Neil A. Stanley (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    DYRS chief's integrity questioned

    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.

  • **FILE** Neil A. Stanley (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    D.C. Council concerned by lingering troubles at DYRS

    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.

  • Cedric Theodis Hobbs Jr., now 30, were recently indicted in Cumberland County, N.C., on charges of armed robbery, murder and conspiracy in the killing of a pawnshop clerk in November. (Police handout)

    Arrested at 15, D.C. girl grew up in a hurry

    Like so many other D.C. youths, Alexis Mattocks grew up before her time.

  • **FILE** Marion Barry (The Washington Times)

    Barry disapproval ties up DYRS security funding

    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."

  • Pair of teens escape from D.C. custody

    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.

  • **FILE** D.C. Council member Jim Graham (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    Graham bill would ID young escapees

    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.

Razor wire wraps around a fence at Oak Hill Academy, which was closed by a D.C. Council mandate.

    Part 3: 'Anti-prison' at root of DYRS problems

    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.

NOT FORGOTTEN: LaVonne Abney (left), with her mother, Ruth Wheeler (right), and LaVonne's niece, Leshawn Wheeler, 15, visit the Landover, Md., grave of Chicquelo Abney on the first anniversary of his death.

    Part 1: Youths lost to violence often in city's supervision

    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.

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