'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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An escape from the District's juvenile detention facility that involved the brutal beating of a corrections officer has caused labor leaders and city officials to confront issues threatening to derail the confirmation of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's pick to head the city's troubled juvenile justice agency, union officials say.
A corrections officer was severely beaten during an escape at the District's secure youth facility in an incident Sunday night that has shocked even veteran corrections officials, who say the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services failed to heed warnings that staffing levels were inadequate.
Family members, who requested anonymity out of concern for the family's safety, said Travon had previously escaped from a group home and was placed at New Beginnings last summer.
"He should've been in an institution where they can watch him," she said. "He shouldn't have been there. I hope he turns himself in. I'm worried someone could harm him."