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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2003-2004

Sewell Chan

The Washington Post
Washington, D.C., USA

Topic: Examine the District of Columbia's efforts to build a stronger, community-based system of care for children with mental illnesses

DC Juvenile Justice Aid Quits; Temporary Chief Named to Run Struggling Youth Services
The deputy administrator at the District's juvenile justice agency resigned yesterday and a temporary chief was appointed in the latest changes at the troubled Youth Services Administration.

A Chance at Independence
Eight-year-old Deion Hawkins can fasten a button, but he needs help with a zipper. He is proficient with the computer, but he cannot ride a bicycle. He knows how to warm food in the microwave, but not how to tie his shoes. He can vacuum the floor, but he can't bathe himself.

Proposal Would Open D.C. Juvenile Cases
The D.C. Council is considering a proposal that would open delinquency proceedings to the general public for the first time and end a policy that has long restricted access, even by victims, to information about juvenile convictions and sentencing.

Takeover of Youth Services Urged; D.C. System Has Long History of Failing Juveniles, Suit Says
The D.C. Public Defender Service and American Civil Liberties Union asked a judge yesterday to take over the District's juvenile justice agency, arguing that "17 years of empty promises and repeated findings of contempt" have failed to improve conditions for children under the agency's care.

District Launches Youth Agency Reforms; New City Administrator Calls System 'Broken'
Seven weeks into his job as the District's top manager, City Administrator Robert C. Bobb paid an unannounced visit to the Oak Hill Youth Center, the 20-acre juvenile detention compound in Laurel. He was not pleased with what he saw

Focusing on Young Offenders; Williams Announces Agency Overhaul; 3 Top Officials Out
The D.C. Department of Corrections will take over security at the city's juvenile detention facility and assume the task of finding hundreds of children who run away from government custody each year, under changes announced yesterday by Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Security On Young Offenders Increased; Williams Announces Overhaul in Agency

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