Union officials say the facility meant to house 60 youngsters between the ages of 15-20 currently holds 70 and staffers are unable to safely supervise their charges, especially because of the more open nature of the structure's design. "It's been open season on staffers, they are being continually assaulted by the and this needs to come to a stop" concluded williams. "The juveniles need to be taught a lesson, they continually assault our officers , that's been the status quo"In somewhat related news, the Washington Post includes a report today on the Peacoholics and the millions of dollars it has received during the Fenty Administration. There's not much new in this article, but it does document that the group received at least $1.5 million in noncompetitively bid city contracts in 2008 and $5.1 million in taxpayer funds from a variety of sources in 2009 (including $4.4 million to build a group home in Congress Heights). Those figures apparently do not include $3.6 million ($1.5 in 2009) in contracts from the Youth Investment Trust Corp., which is largely funded with city money distributed by a board appointed by the mayor, or $500,000 from the Justice Grants Administration, another quasi-city agency, awarded in October 2009 for the organization to help run prisoner reentry programs. The article questions whether by taking a very active role in supporting Fenty and opposing Gray, Peacoholics may jeopardize its 501(c)(3) status. I've discussed my concerns with Peacoholics before and had a chance to discuss them in person with co-founder Ron Moten one month ago. Both Peacoholics and Chairman Gray are scheduled to appear at the next Convention Center Community Association meeting on June 29. If past meetings with Peacoholics are prologue, expect fireworks.
Monday, June 21, 2010
A World Class Riot
Mayoral Forum in Ward 3 on June 11, Mayor Adrian Fenty called New Beginnings, the city's youth detention center a "world class facility." Last night, WUSA-9 reported a "riot situation" in which the juveniles refused to enter their bedrooms and fought with staff. A shift supervisor who responded had his nose broken. MPD arrived to find the youths wandering through the facility at will while others were on the roof. The good news.... apparently no one escaped this time. According to the report: