Thursday, June 4, 2009

Public oversight roundtable on DYRS escape and youth absondence generally

CM Tommy Wells (Ward 6 and chair of the Committee on Human Services) has scheduled a public oversight roundtable on June 10 at 2:00 pm in Room 123 of the JAWB to consider the recent escape from New Beginnings and the issue of absconders generally.

The purposes of the roundtable are to learn more about:

  • the recent escape of a youth from the New Beginnings Youth Center in Laurel, MD;
  • youth abscondances from DYRS custody and the agency's response to youth abscondance; and
  • corrective measures taken by the agency to prevent future escapes and abscondances.

At the roundtable, the committee will receive testimony from District officials, including officials of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), regarding the escape of a youth from the recently opened New Beginnings Youth Center in Laurel, MD.   Further, the roundtable will provide members of the committee, and of the Council, an opportunity to question District government officials and provide a forum for the community to present their views on these issues.   More on the roundtable here.

Those who wish to testify at the roundtable should contact Vivian McCarter at vmccarter[AT]dccouncil[DOT]us or 724-8191 by no later than 4:00 pm June 9.

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