DC Juvenile Justice May Need Overhaul

Following the murder of a school principle in Washington, D.C., the effectiveness and procedures of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is under scrutiny. The three young men accused of the crime were arrested while under the supervision of DYRS. According to The Washington Post, the principle was targeted for robbery, and each of the three 18-year-old suspects had criminal backgrounds and had been committed to the city’s youth services department for previous crimes.

With these arrests, seven people who had been under the care of DYRS have now been charged with homicide this year. Some believe these arrests should serve as examples that the service releases youth back into the communities too quickly, and they are urging the government to investigate DYRS.

However, officials declare that this view is somewhat skewed as reports neglect to indicate the positive statistics linked with the organization. Last year, 16 youths from the organization were enrolled in college. Officials also indicated that the abscondence rate for committed youth has declined from 26% in 2003 to the current rate of 8%.

Parents of juveniles facing criminal charges sometimes do not understand how the laws in Maryland and the District of Columbia can affect youths and what types of punishments can be imposed. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense, the experienced Maryland and DC criminal defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you understand your rights and build a strong defense for your child’s case. Call today at 866-444-6363 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.