Silver Oak Academy Prison School

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Crossroad

Shippensburg, PA

#1 Feb 22, 2010
Mr. Ricketts Letter to the Editor in the Carroll Couty Times on 2/18/2010 was cause for concern regarding the Rite Of Passage, Inc. Silver Oak Academy Prison Reform School. Why was the 12/25/2010 breakout not reported until 1/6/2010 in the CCT. Word on the street is that there were more escapees last weekend again. Was anyone alerted to these escapes? Were they reported in the newspaper? Also, some state monitoring unit identified additional escapes in their last report. Does anyone out there know the name of the state agency that monitors this ROP prison academy? Some quick internet research shows this Rite Of Passage, Inc outfit has had a history of breakouts. Check out:
"Runaway Concern Aired During Hearing On ROP Permit" Dec. 11, 2009 Reno Gazette Journal and
"Neighbors Seek To Boot Rite Of Passage School" by The Record July 19, 2007 and
"Troubled Youths Trouble Neighbors" 7/20/2007 ( www.recordnet.com )
If anyone has more info please post. Thanks
The Citizens Voice

Shippensburg, PA

#2 Feb 23, 2010
The name of the department that monitors Silver Oak Prison Academy is the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit, a division of the MD Attorney Generals Office.

There were some alarming and disturbing critical findings in the JJMU's 3rd qtr report of this prison school.

Many youth at this Rite Of Passage, Inc. reform school were found guilty on serious charges including 1st Degree Assault, Handgun Violations, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Carjacking, Robbery, Theft and Escape.

The JJMU Monitor reported that some youth at the Silver Oak Academy with histories of escape and violence may jeopardize the safety of the community.It was noted that not all staff were completely trained(70%).

The JJMU Monitor also reported that one of the youth in the program had been involved in the violent riot/escape event at the hardware secure Victor Cullen Center on May 27, 2009. This particular inmate had been previously found guilty for a Handgun Violation, Resisting Arrest and Esacape.

A final recommendation on p.11 of this report was that staff should not force youth to endure physical pain.

The full JJMU report can be downloaded and viewed at: http://www.oag.state.md.us/JJMU/Q3_09/Silver_...

Has anyone confirmed additional escapees on the weekend of Feb 13 & 14?
Concerned In Carroll

Shippensburg, PA

#3 Mar 7, 2010
TROUBLING NEWS INFO : What Can We Do Carroll?

Troubled youths trouble neighbors

Petition asks Calaveras to evict school for probationers

By Dana M. Nichols July 20, 2007 Record Staff Writer July 20, 2007 12:00 AM

More than 200 neighbors of a high school and group home on the site of the historic Fricot City School for Boys want to evict the operation.
Since May, they've signed a petition asking county officials to revoke the use permit for the Sierra Ridge Academy charter school being operated by the Rite of Passage chain of schools.
For most, the biggest fear is that students who run away from the program will break into homes, accost neighbors or steal cars.
"Us older guys don't stand a chance defending ourselves," said Ernest Frost, 69. Frost said that runaways from the school once vandalized a satellite dish on his property several miles down Fricot City Road from the school.
The 100 students at the school come mostly from cities in the Bay Area and Southern California. Juvenile probation departments and courts refer them to the school to catch up on their academics while they live in a setting that provides structure often missing in their home lives.
School administrator David Harper said he hasn't had a runaway in six months and that the students may be troubled but are not violent offenders.
"The bottom line is, we just want to be a good neighbor," Harper said.
Calaveras County Sheriff's Department statistics show a dramatic reduction in runaways reported by the school - two in the first seven and a half months of 2007 versus an average of 36 a year over the previous five years.
At least one close neighbor is hopeful that positive changes are coming.
Elliot Krames of San Francisco owns a ranch and some mobile home rental properties next to the school. Krames said a student last year broke into the ranch home, took keys and stole a pickup, later rolling the vehicle in an accident.
Krames said that although he signed the petition asking to revoke the school's use permit, he has since met with Harper and now believes it is not necessary to shut down the school.
Ross Thornton, a neighbor of the school and the man who circulated the petition, is less optimistic.
The school is suing Thornton over a series of disputes. The lawsuit filed in Calaveras County Superior Court alleges Thornton took too much water from the school's water system and that Thornton's government surplus equipment sales business illegally put heavy trucks on the school road originally intended only as access for light vehicles headed to the Thornton home.
Thornton said he had the school's permission when he attached larger water lines to the school system, that his business has all the legal permits and that he's spent $40,000 to create a new road that bypasses the school.
Some of those who signed the petition live miles from the school and say they had been aware for years that youths from distant cities sometimes fled on foot through the area.
"In fact, we have had a couple of times when the police have come by and asked if we've seen anybody. They told us to keep our doors locked," said Dulcenia Souza, a resident on Fricot City Road who said both she and her husband, Norman Souza, signed the petition. "They are not little kids. They could knock any man over
Concerned In Carroll

Shippensburg, PA

#4 Mar 7, 2010
National Prison School Corporation not wanted in this locale either (read following article).

Baltimore County legislator, Senator Zirkin, likens ROP lobbying efforts to big alcohol and tobacco companies in their efforts to expand inmate population at the new franchise in Carroll County MD.

Runaway concern aired during hearing on ROP permit

By Keith Trout News Editor
December 11, 2009 06:34 AM

The issue of runaways--largely prompted by neighbor complaints--became a large part of the discussion at Tuesday's Lyon County Planning Commission meeting where ultimately a special use permit was extended for the Rite of Passage ATCS.

A permit for ROP/Cherokee Engineering was issued in May, 2003, to construct a charter high school with support buildings on 153.85 acres located off of Campbell and Rosaschi Lanes in northwest Mason Valley.

Special use permits in Lyon County come up for annual review, and a review scheduled for last month was continued to allow for representatives of ROP to attend, including Lawrence Howell, ROP executive director, and John Dibble, athletic director at the Yerington campus.

Neighbors Rick and Bonnie Blakeley, who live on Farrell Lane to the north and east of ROP, wrote a letter that was delivered to the Planning Commission by another neighbor, Henry Moreda, and which voiced disapproval of the ROP operation and carried several complaints and safety concerns, mainly related to runaways.

The Blakeleys charged that ROP staff wasn't following stipulations set for the permit, adding, "They are supposed to notify all neighbors when they have an escapee," and saying that wasn't occurring right away, and sometimes not at all.

Moreda said ROP used to be good about calling, but charged it hadn't been as good lately. He said as the father of two young daughters, "The safety of our children is our concern."

Commissioner Phyllis Hunewill also pointed out a report from the Lyon County Sheriff's Office that showed 16 runaway incidents since the beginning of October, and also noted the crimes listed for some of the runaways.

Howell said in light of a spike of runaways in recent months, ROP has changed its policy; and now, in most instances, those running away from the local facility are removed from the program.

Howell said that previously, ROP didn't like to see any youth fail and would take runawyas back into the program when caught.

In response to recent issues, though, Howell said they meet with each student to deliver the message was "it's a privilege to be here;" and he add that that belive they have a lot of "good kids" who want to be there.

Despite the recent spike, Howell said, the local ROP Silver State Academy has had a lower runaway rate than in prior years.

Howell also said ROP keeps a list of cotnacts, noting some people don't want to receive notification calls, and some don't want them at certain hours.

He explained that ROP, which, unlike prior years, now has a majority of Nevada youths, isn't a detention facility but a treatment facility and thus they can't have fences around the area.

Howell noted some listed as runaways on the LCSO list are actually those who haven't returned from home visits, as they report those also so home jurisdictions are contacted.

The Blakeleys mentioned an accident where an escaping student had crashed, and Howell said that happened when a youth was washing an ROP vehicle and a staff member made the mistake of leaving the keys in the car. He said he understood the car only hit an irrigation ditch and telephone box, and in response, that the Blakeleys said it hit their fence, and he planned to ask them about that.
Concerned In Carroll

Shippensburg, PA

#5 Mar 7, 2010
CARROLL COUNTY TIMES: Letter to-the- Editor

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, February 18, 2010

Academy needs fence around it
Editor:
In reply to the Jan. 6 front page article about the escape from Silver Oak Academy in Middleburg, where three students stole a vehicle on school premises and escaped on Christmas Day, 12 days earlier.
To quote from the article, the school’s executive director James Bednark said staff elected to call the community individually rather than activate the phone alert system.
The school consists of approximately 35 medium to high risk students. This school was reopened in 2009 after the previous school, Bowling Brook, was closed after a tragic incident where a student lost his life. This school had numerous escapes and during this school’s era the community had numerous break-ins and reported vehicles were stolen. Their student body was rated low to medium risk students.
So as you can see, the community was concerned when we heard about the school being open again with a much higher risk rating. So a petition was drafted to have the school enclosed with a security fence for the safety of the community and also alleviate the possibility of students escaping. There were many signatures on this petition from the community.
My reason for this letter is to get the proper authorities to force Silver Oak Academy to enclose their property for the safety of the community.
I live approximately two miles from school and have seen all these happenings first hand.
Charles Ricketts
Taneytown

Mr. Ricketts, What is the status of the fence?
County Observer

Westminster, MD

#6 Mar 11, 2010
The Citizens Voice wrote:
The name of the department that monitors Silver Oak Prison Academy is the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit, a division of the MD Attorney Generals Office.
There were some alarming and disturbing critical findings in the JJMU's 3rd qtr report of this prison school.
Many youth at this Rite Of Passage, Inc. reform school were found guilty on serious charges including 1st Degree Assault, Handgun Violations, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Carjacking, Robbery, Theft and Escape.
The JJMU Monitor reported that some youth at the Silver Oak Academy with histories of escape and violence may jeopardize the safety of the community.It was noted that not all staff were completely trained(70%).
The JJMU Monitor also reported that one of the youth in the program had been involved in the violent riot/escape event at the hardware secure Victor Cullen Center on May 27, 2009. This particular inmate had been previously found guilty for a Handgun Violation, Resisting Arrest and Esacape.
A final recommendation on p.11 of this report was that staff should not force youth to endure physical pain.
The full JJMU report can be downloaded and viewed at: http://www.oag.state.md.us/JJMU/Q3_09/Silver_...
Has anyone confirmed additional escapees on the weekend of Feb 13 & 14?
Why was it told that Silver Oak Academy would not have serious offender inmates? How, why, does Maryland juvenile services system transfer a violent offender, who started a riot in a secure fenced jail, to a institution {Silver Oak Academy}that does not have a fence yet. Makes no sense and certainly isn't safe. Carjacking and armed robbery won't let me sleep well at night? Is it true that this company wants to increase to 500 inmates?
County Observer

Westminster, MD

#7 Mar 11, 2010
Another disturbing Newspaper account of the Rite Of Passage,Inc jail out in Arizona:

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/140993

At least 3 arrested after Q.C. school brawl (Rite Of Passage program)
Gary Grado , Mike Sakal , Tribune
June 25, 2009 - 7:03PM , updated: June 26, 2009 - 5:03PM

A brawl between teachers and students at a Queen Creek school for troubled boys ended with at least three students behind bars Wednesday.

Brian Heath, the program director for Canyon State Academy, 20061 E. Rittenhouse Road, is disputing reports from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that 11 students were arrested.

Heath said that the incident was "highly exaggerated" in a sheriff's office press release. Only four students were arrested, and the school is dealing with the other seven involved in the incident, Heath said.

The Tribune was able to confirm the arrests of three adults through court paperwork.

Kenneth Garner, Jamal Hamilton and Lamonte Perry, all 18, were booked on low-level felony counts of interference with an educational institution, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Court paperwork listed a fourth suspect as Rashad Hough.

According to the documents, which were used by the judge to set bail, seven unnamed juveniles were booked into juvenile detention in Mesa.

Officials with Maricopa County Superior Court, which oversees juvenile detention, were unable on Friday to confirm whether they were booked on Wednesday.

Court documents state that the brawl began at 6:30 a.m. when two staff members were addressing Garner. Heath said the staff was trying to remove a student to out-of-school detention for disciplinary issues and he disagreed with the decision.

Perry, who was jogging by during organized morning exercises, stopped and tried to intervene.

Tracy Watkins, a staff member, told Perry to keep moving, but Perry mouthed off, according to the court document.

That's when a group of students rushed the staff and started swinging.

A press release from the sheriff's office said that dozens of students and staff members were engaged in hand-to-hand combat in classrooms and hallways and outside, with some students using broomsticks as weapons.

Heath said that only one of the students was using a broomstick as a weapon.

Staff member Wesley Alford told detectives he was trying to restrain Garner when he was struck by Hough in the head and struck by Hamilton in the jaw three or four times.

Another staff member reported seeing Hough kick staff members from behind as they tried to restrain students.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies are often called to the school for fights, assaults and vandalism, but never to the extent of Wednesday's call.

The school is privately owned and sits on 173 acres. It was known as Arizona Boys Ranch until 2000
Protector of Peace

Lebanon, PA

#8 Mar 11, 2010
Crossroad wrote:
Mr. Ricketts Letter to the Editor in the Carroll Couty Times on 2/18/2010 was cause for concern regarding the Rite Of Passage, Inc. Silver Oak Academy Prison Reform School. Why was the 12/25/2010 breakout not reported until 1/6/2010 in the CCT. Word on the street is that there were more escapees last weekend again. Was anyone alerted to these escapes? Were they reported in the newspaper? Also, some state monitoring unit identified additional escapes in their last report. Does anyone out there know the name of the state agency that monitors this ROP prison academy? Some quick internet research shows this Rite Of Passage, Inc outfit has had a history of breakouts. Check out:
"Runaway Concern Aired During Hearing On ROP Permit" Dec. 11, 2009 Reno Gazette Journal and
"Neighbors Seek To Boot Rite Of Passage School" by The Record July 19, 2007 and
"Troubled Youths Trouble Neighbors" 7/20/2007 ( www.recordnet.com )
If anyone has more info please post. Thanks
First of all this place is not a prison, it is a prep school. So wherever you are gathering your information you might want to double check your resources. There are no prisons bars or barb wires at this school. This is a place where second chances occur for young men who are on the brink of actually going to prison.
Protector of Peace

Lebanon, PA

#9 Mar 11, 2010
County Observer wrote:
Another disturbing Newspaper account of the Rite Of Passage,Inc jail out in Arizona:
http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/140993
At least 3 arrested after Q.C. school brawl (Rite Of Passage program)
Gary Grado , Mike Sakal , Tribune
June 25, 2009 - 7:03PM , updated: June 26, 2009 - 5:03PM
A brawl between teachers and students at a Queen Creek school for troubled boys ended with at least three students behind bars Wednesday.

Brian Heath, the program director for Canyon State Academy, 20061 E. Rittenhouse Road, is disputing reports from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that 11 students were arrested.
Heath said that the incident was "highly exaggerated" in a sheriff's office press release. Only four students were arrested, and the school is dealing with the other seven involved in the incident, Heath said.
The Tribune was able to confirm the arrests of three adults through court paperwork.
Kenneth Garner, Jamal Hamilton and Lamonte Perry, all 18, were booked on low-level felony counts of interference with an educational institution, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.
Court paperwork listed a fourth suspect as Rashad Hough.
According to the documents, which were used by the judge to set bail, seven unnamed juveniles were booked into juvenile detention in Mesa.
Officials with Maricopa County Superior Court, which oversees juvenile detention, were unable on Friday to confirm whether they were booked on Wednesday.
Court documents state that the brawl began at 6:30 a.m. when two staff members were addressing Garner. Heath said the staff was trying to remove a student to out-of-school detention for disciplinary issues and he disagreed with the decision.
Perry, who was jogging by during organized morning exercises, stopped and tried to intervene.
Tracy Watkins, a staff member, told Perry to keep moving, but Perry mouthed off, according to the court document.
That's when a group of students rushed the staff and started swinging.
A press release from the sheriff's office said that dozens of students and staff members were engaged in hand-to-hand combat in classrooms and hallways and outside, with some students using broomsticks as weapons.
Heath said that only one of the students was using a broomstick as a weapon.
Staff member Wesley Alford told detectives he was trying to restrain Garner when he was struck by Hough in the head and struck by Hamilton in the jaw three or four times.
Another staff member reported seeing Hough kick staff members from behind as they tried to restrain students.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies are often called to the school for fights, assaults and vandalism, but never to the extent of Wednesday's call.
The school is privately owned and sits on 173 acres. It was known as Arizona Boys Ranch until 2000
Once again these young men are not considered inmates at a facility like this because it is a prep school. Inmates are within the prison system. If you cant sleep well at night because of these young men, does this mean that you are actually right around the corner from them and are really concerned for your well being? Seriously we have sex offenders walking around taking young children and doing God only knows what to them and your worried about court adjudicated young men who deserve a second chance.
Protector of Peace

Lebanon, PA

#10 Mar 11, 2010
These youth are troubled and have been a product of their own environment, they know no better than what they have gained from teh streets and deserve a second chance to turn their lives around because they are still young enough to want to change and be influenced positively. Do you hear your self they are not young they could knock a man over? I mean really do you feel that way when you see young men or women the way they are dressed in our society today when you are out getting groceries or shopping. Do you run for fear of your life then? Are you that judgemental? What if it was your own child wouldn't you love that there are places all over this country that award troubled youth second chances at life to turn it around. Now mind you most of the time once these kids screw up a program like this it is there last stop before prison.
Protector of Peace

Lebanon, PA

#11 Mar 11, 2010
The Citizens Voice wrote:
The name of the department that monitors Silver Oak Prison Academy is the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit, a division of the MD Attorney Generals Office.
There were some alarming and disturbing critical findings in the JJMU's 3rd qtr report of this prison school.
Many youth at this Rite Of Passage, Inc. reform school were found guilty on serious charges including 1st Degree Assault, Handgun Violations, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Carjacking, Robbery, Theft and Escape.
The JJMU Monitor reported that some youth at the Silver Oak Academy with histories of escape and violence may jeopardize the safety of the community.It was noted that not all staff were completely trained(70%).
The JJMU Monitor also reported that one of the youth in the program had been involved in the violent riot/escape event at the hardware secure Victor Cullen Center on May 27, 2009. This particular inmate had been previously found guilty for a Handgun Violation, Resisting Arrest and Esacape.
A final recommendation on p.11 of this report was that staff should not force youth to endure physical pain.
The full JJMU report can be downloaded and viewed at: http://www.oag.state.md.us/JJMU/Q3_09/Silver_...
Has anyone confirmed additional escapees on the weekend of Feb 13 & 14?
First of all this is not a prison it is a prep school get your facts straight.
PREP SCHOOL REVIEWER

Westminster, MD

#12 Mar 17, 2010
Protector of Peace wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all this is not a prison it is a prep school get your facts straight.
Hey Peace Protector, looks like you still have a job with the Rite Of Passage Silver Oak Academy Prison School. Or are you someone the company hired just to rebut efforts to expose the company's many problems.
People round here are decent folks who don't begrudge someone a second chance. What we have a problem with is being the dumping ground where 300+ violent juvenile offenders with armed robbery and carjacking charges are housed without a fence or are even here in the first place. Rite Of Passage's prep school jargon is just a front for a for-profit company to distract neighbors and communities into believing their operation is something different from being an actual prison.
The runaways/escapes have started already. These are not youth who skipped school one too many times or stole a comic book. I, for one, don't want a armed carjacker who started a riot at a fenced jail running to escape in my neighborhood after he has been subjected to Rite Of Passage's bootcamp discipline techniques.
Read the article in the next post. Perhaps ROP Silver Oak Academy prison school just needs a fence to keep the cows out like ROP Ridge View Academy prison school in Colorado. How many guards on ATVs does Silver Oak Academy have policing the grounds in MD?
PREP SCHOOL PREVIEW

Westminster, MD

#13 Mar 18, 2010
At Ridge View Academy - a youth prison October 24, 2008
The bus carrying the Ridge View Academy football team was rolling down the highway. A half-hour earlier, they had pulled off an improbable feat, driving 80 yards to ruin Arvada High School's homecoming in a Metro League thriller.But as the bus pulled off E-470, Tyrel Walker, a 16-year-old wide receiver, felt a familiar pain. He was about to re-enter Ridge View Academy - and prison."You feel so free, you're playing football, having fun - then you're right back here," he said. But to Walker, football is only a temporary escape, a brief interlude in a highly regimented life inside one of the nation's most unusual correctional institutions. No cells,, guards or 15-foot towers. Just a fence to keep the cows out .But it's still a prison, home to about 400 teenagers who are doing time for crimes, from burglary to armed robbery to attempted homicide and occasionally manslaughter. Kids frequently arrive in handcuffs and ankle irons, many of them as inexperienced in sports as in everyday civility. Ridge View director Bill Wood said, "We get kids involved in some pretty serious stuff."Added coach Lane: "We've definitely got some violent offenders out there.. This is the end of the road for these guys. Once they're 18, there are no more unlocked doors, no more open-door policy. There are bars."Hard-core gang members make up the bulk of the population. "I've been shot at, had some close calls," said Walker, a former Crips member. Televisions and doors aren't permitted. "You're going to get a lot of shenanigans behind closed doors," staff member Brian Anthony said. "Whether it's kids who want to fight, preventing suicides or a kid who cheeks his medication, this makes it a lot easier to catch them."That was the idea in 2001, when Ridge View opened as a public-private partnership between Youth Services and Rite of Passage, which runs juvenile facilities in four Western states. The school cost $51 million to build and has room for 500 boys. Zero toleranceA typical weekday offers a stream of unusual images: a student returning from a court date in handcuffs; staff members rushing to defuse a potential scrap; head counts to check for AWOLs; students lining up in columns, two abreast, waiting for their marching orders; hard-core gang-bangers confessing their deepest fears in therapy; a mandatory daily three-mile run. Everyone starts with a 60-day, militarylike orientation program that is designed to break old habits. No shackles, chainsIt's 2 p.m. on a October Saturday and Ridge View is playing an opponent on the Rams' home field. A pelting rain and cold wind dampen the enthusiasm of Ridge View students, who sit on bleachers, surrounded by staff members who line four aisles, communicating by radio. Other staff members man the perimeter, some on bikes, watching for behavioral problems. Escapes are a chronic concern. Every so often, a boy sneaks out of his dorm at night, vaults the center-field fence on the baseball field and makes a run for it, hoping to elude pursuing vehicles equipped with spotlights. Because of the threat of escapes and disruptive incidents
PREP SCHOOL PREVIEW

Westminster, MD

#14 Mar 18, 2010
The post above is the "fence to keep the cows out" news article referenced in yesterday’s post. Read and take a look at your soon-to-be future Keymar/Taneytown/Union Bridge/Middleburg,Carroll County.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
At Ridge View Academy - a youth prison
October 24, 2008 by Clay Latimer
Regional Inquirer

Shippensburg, PA

#15 Apr 5, 2010
Crossroad wrote:
Mr. Ricketts Letter to the Editor in the Carroll Couty Times on 2/18/2010 was cause for concern regarding the Rite Of Passage, Inc. Silver Oak Academy Prison Reform School. Why was the 12/25/2010 breakout not reported until 1/6/2010 in the CCT. Word on the street is that there were more escapees last weekend again. Was anyone alerted to these escapes? Were they reported in the newspaper? Also, some state monitoring unit identified additional escapes in their last report. Does anyone out there know the name of the state agency that monitors this ROP prison academy? Some quick internet research shows this Rite Of Passage, Inc outfit has had a history of breakouts. Check out:
"Runaway Concern Aired During Hearing On ROP Permit" Dec. 11, 2009 Reno Gazette Journal and
"Neighbors Seek To Boot Rite Of Passage School" by The Record July 19, 2007 and
"Troubled Youths Trouble Neighbors" 7/20/2007 ( www.recordnet.com )
If anyone has more info please post. Thanks

Can anyone verify that there was yet another multi inmate escape from the Silver Oak Academy Prison School this weekend? If so, were the escapees apprehended yet? Did that bill pass yet to limit the Silver Oak Academy Prison School to 48 inmates? We all better hope so, because it is obvious that they can't even handle 40 very well. If they don't build a high security fence around this corrections military boot camp, the community members will have to build fences around their own properties
Protector of Peace

Lebanon, PA

#16 May 20, 2010
PREP SCHOOL PREVIEW wrote:
The post above is the "fence to keep the cows out" news article referenced in yesterday’s post. Read and take a look at your soon-to-be future Keymar/Taneytown/Union Bridge/Middleburg,Carroll County.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
At Ridge View Academy - a youth prison
October 24, 2008 by Clay Latimer
First and foremost I do not nor ever worked for the Rite of Passage company. I do however understand what you are saying regarding your property and defending it because you have probably worked very hard in earning the things that you cherish. What I do have a problem with is that this place is being referenced as a Prison versus a Private School or Prep School. I also understand that these young men have committed many crimes in their young lives, look around you within our society crime happens daily whether its from someone your child may look up to in sports or just your average citizen doing something crazy. I am a firm believer that everyone deserves a second chance. I can agree with you regarding the fact that the school is not doing its job to protect the community and provide a safe and secure facility if there are as many runaways as said to be. I worked in a Prison surrounded by barbwire as a Correctional Officer and it was are job to do as such. So I completely can understand your concern for your safety and the environment around you. Have you contacted anyone regarding this such as your Congressman or women? Maybe even the Govenor himself who supported the reopening of this facility after a young man tragically died supposedly when it was Bowling Brook Prep. I hope it all works out for your community. Thank You and God Bless
Stop ROP

United States

#17 Jul 24, 2010
You do not want RITE of PASSAGE in your area. All they care is about "filling beds." They can care less about the saftey of others or surrounding area's. I've lived in Calaveras for 20 years and they will lie and twist. They will bring the worse kids from out of the state. They will never tell you if someone runs away
voice of reason

San Andreas, CA

#18 Aug 11, 2010
@stop ROP...Sierra ridge academy has never brought in youth from out of state and actually take many of their clients from calaveras County
Suitcase Size

Hanover, PA

#19 May 31, 2012
STATE AGEENCY LOOKS AT LARGER JUVENILE FACILITIES

May 23, 2012|By J. Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

The state's Board of Public Works approved a new three-year contract Wednesday with the company, Rite Of Passage, Inc, that runs the SILVER OAK ACADEMY in Carroll County.
Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat, said he believes the number of youths awaiting placement, a persistent and long-standing problem, isn't sufficient cause to allow facilities to grow beyond 48 beds. SILVER OAK is currently 48 beds. Youth experts agree that smaller facilities that are closer to the communities where juveniles live generally result in better outcomes.
"When you look at what works, larger than 48 beds does not work," said Angela C. Johnese, juvenile justice director for Advocates for Children and Youth. "As facilities get larger, they get more dangerous."
At $17.8 million, the contract is nearly double the original $9.8 million that Nevada-based Rite of Passage Inc. received for its first three-year deal
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Dead Teen In Suitcase Is Son Of Burlington Official
( http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/27425723... )
Read story here of Rite Of Passage, Inc. inmate who was found buried in a suitcase near a large program run in Colorado by ROP.
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I hear a Baltimore County Senator and a Baltimore City Advocacy Group calling to keep Keymar safe from the Colorado Corrections Company in our backyard but what is troubling, I don't hear any local reps taking the community's back. Maybe its time for a change.

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