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D.C. man arrested after alleged group assault of minor - Baltimore Sun

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Krieg Ben

Hanover, PA

#1 Nov 16, 2017
Washington DC Man Arrested After Alleged Group Assault Of Sleeping Minor -
Baltimore Sun Nov 16, 2017

I was of the understanding that the closed Bowling Brook facility was reopened as Silver Oak Academy to retrieve MD youth who were placed out of state & also to prevent future MD youth from having to be sent out of the state. The initiative to reopen Bowling Brook was led by Gov. O'Malley & Sen. Bobby Zirkin. So why are there now adult males from Washington, D.C. being housed in Carroll County's Middleburg community? Silver Oak's owner was cited this year in a report by the state's OAG for an ugly report of abuse of a MD youth in the company's AZ program called Canyon State Academy. With the reopening of Bowling Brook, why are MD youth still being sent so far out of state and what the heck are inmates from other states, like D.C., doing in a MD program that was reopened to serve MD's needs? I'm confused & concerned.
Also, with all the current uproar in Balt City w/ increased juvenile crime, does that forewarn an increased incarcerated population at Silver Oak Academy in the near future?
Krieg Ben

Hanover, PA

#2 Nov 16, 2017
Washington DC Man Arrested After Alleged Group Assault Of Sleeping Minor -
Baltimore Sun Nov 16, 2017

Another question from this account, what is the status of the inmate who hit the kid over the head with a dresser drawer? And are any of the gang who brutally attacked this inmate still being housed in the Carroll County facility?
This incident was predictable when you read the OAG's 9/2017 Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit report.
The Sept. report cited Silver Oak Academy for increases in fights, assaults & physical restraints. This Office of the Attorney General report also cited serious lapses in SOA's oversight of hiring practices & the subsequent hire of inappropriate staffers. Also, it raised concerns about staff adherence to the reform center's behavior management system. Report also cited 16 out-of-state residents in addition to the 51 MD youth in placement for a total of 67.
The OAG report also stated concern about Silver Oak Academy's communications and transparency to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services regarding incidents involving out-of-state youth. Are these kids safe? Here is the link to the September OAG report referenced in this post: http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/JJM%20...

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