Attacks among youth at Baltimore's adult jail continue(SUN ATICLE)

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SgurianS

Westminster, MD

#1 Aug 3, 2012
Why is it that the recent news coverage on the crowded, putrid conditions for youth at the Baltimore City Detention Center always include a 2009 sidebar article on Silver Oak Academy (New Juvenile Center Surrounded By Arguments.
All stakeholders in MD would be better served by the state going forward with the proposed building of the $100 million youth detention center, announced by the governor, than expanding the fortunes of a big, for-profit western corrections company. Rite Of Passage,Inc.’s MD franchise, Silver Oak Academy (SOA), just had their rates increased by the BPW despite booking yearly profits and charging a large management fee that flows back to their corporate headquarters located in Nevada. Also, ROP’s Carroll County franchise, SOA, does not pay property taxes in MD. ROP defended boot camps for youth in hearings held by California’s Little Hoover Commission. Per the San Francisco Chronicle, a kid died in a desert boot camp run by ROP back in early 1990's. Maryland should continue its course towards smaller facilities and build a decent facility for youthful offenders charged as adults.
Chazz

Westminster, MD

#2 Aug 3, 2012
You right on the money SgS. All the recent news coverage about conditions for youth in the Baltimore City Detention Center have been paired with an article about Silver Oak Academy (SOA) from 2009 and their for-profit owner's desire to expand beyond the 48 bed limit. Contrast how crowded & nasty it is in Baltimore's adult detention facilities for these youth versus how nice and open it is at the underutilized Rite Of Passage, Inc. franchise in Carroll County. Perhaps we should allow more beds at Silver Oak Academy as DJS Sec. Abed suggested recently to the Board ofPublic Works. Also,it is interesting that the Attorney General's Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit has been much less critical of Silver Oak Academy recently than in past critical reports. Despite Zirkin protests, yesterday's contrast of adult detention with SOA was setting up for an expansion of beds at Rite Of Passage, Inc.'s Carroll County franchise, SOA. Setting the table for this behemoth western company to expand beyond Zirkin's hard fought 48-bed limit is not music to the ears of child advocates in MD. A movement is underway to expand enrollment and dollars at Rite Of Passage, Inc.'s MD franchise, Silver Oak Academy, despite Delegate Zirkin's Vow to limit treatment centers for committed juveniles to 48 beds or smaller

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