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D.C.'s Youth Rehabilitative Services Receives High Praise

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By Patrick Madden

D.C.'s Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services has demonstrated a "remarkable turnaround" in how it educates juveniles under its care. That's according to the monitor who oversees the court-ordered reform of the system.

In a 54-page filing in D.C. Superior Court, monitor Grace Lopes says since DYRS turned its school over to a private foundation three years ago, the program has become one of the best education programs in a juvenile correctional facility in the country.

"An education is really often the way, the best way, to get them back on the right track, get them focused, and give them the tools that they need to be successful so that it's just less likely that they will re-offend in the future," says DYRS Interim Director Marc Schindler.

The school is called the Maya Angelou Academy and its located at New Beginnings, DYRS's facility for juvenile offenders in Laurel Maryland.

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