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Wells lashes out at Fenty at DYRS hearing

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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) lashed out Monday morning at the Fenty administration for blocking D.C. police from addressing a hearing on juveniles who escape supervision by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

Wells, whose Human Services Committee oversees DYRS, said the administration's last-minute decision "really defies belief."

The hearing, originally scheduled for last month, was prompted by recent high profile crimes alleged to have involved juveniles, including the slaying of Brian Betts, a D.C. school principal killed in his Silver Spring home.

DYRS Interim Director Marc Schindler is scheduled to appear late Monday at the hearing; the Fenty administration decided that Schindler's presence would be sufficient.

But Wells made clear that the police are supposed to play a significant role in locating juveniles and should have been at the hearing. Wells said the police wanted to participate in the hearing but were instructed not to.

Mafara Hobson, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said the roundtable was convened by the human services committee, and so the executive branch was represented by a human services official -- Schindler.

-- Henri E. Cauvin

By Washington Post editors  |  June 14, 2010; 1:37 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  | Tags: department of youth rehabilitation services, dyrs  
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Tommy really needs to address the real issue when it comes to juvenile offenders... It is the method that the city rehabiliates these kids, or lack there of. Most of these kids should not be released to half-way houses where they can escape in the first place. Has nothing to do with the police.

Posted by: morty192 | June 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I could not love Tommy Wells more in this moment.

Posted by: 411Tibby | June 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If you think that's bad, look at the way Fenty has hijacked the Taxicab Commission and suppressed all information and input that might be contrary to his political agenda.

Posted by: starclimber9 | June 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

What happen ran out of your meds and the real-Tommy is appearing. Is your outburst a result of your recent treatment of Fenty's shock therapy? Am I sensing that you want to change dance-partners at this stage of the musical interlude. Goes to show you that Tommy "typical" Wells has not really changed at all.

Posted by: PowerandPride | June 14, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Tommy Wells is partly to blame for the troubles at DYRS. Tommy is the Chairman of the Council Committee (the Committee on Human Services) that oversees DYRS. Both Fenty and Tommy are to blame. And, now, Tommy blames Fenty. Pathetic.

Posted by: ObjectiveReader1 | June 15, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Tommy Wells, Adrian Fenty and Peter Nickles all need to go.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 15, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I attended this hearing. The council asked MPD to attend to provide information along with the Family Court and DYRS regarding the abscondence of youth from DYRS placements in the community. Since 9 individuals under the care of DYRS have been charged with murder so far this year input from MPD was needed. Who is Mayor Fenty to tell the council and the public who should attend a council hearing to provide us with information? As a friend of someone whose child was recently murdered - we wanted to hear from MPD. The response from the mayor's spokeswoman is ridiculous and an insult. MPD had agreed to be there so what was the problem? Mayor Fenty continues to avoid providing the families and the community with the information they desperately want and have been asking for. Several of the witnesses were able to avoid answering questions and point blame on MPD and media myths. We have a right to information and, obviously, Mayor Fenty has acted to prevent us from getting it. One of our next steps will be to utilize the freedom of information act. They have no idea of how determined we are.

Posted by: mjvdc | June 15, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Poor Tommy. He planned once again to spend his summer council recess in Minnesota. But now poor Tommy found out he actually has an opponent named Kalvin Robinson.

Poor Tommy may now have to answer for his role in raising parking fees; avoiding oversight of DYRS; for creating two homeless shelters with almost 900 residents in eastern Capitol Hill; for failing to know and understand the budget for the Human Services Department overwhich he should be exercising council oversight; for responding to teenage crime by having potluck dinners rather than involving the police; for creating task forces to deal with teenage crime and Boys and Girls Clubs and failing to publicize or implement their recommendations; etc. etc.

But not to worry. Tommy can always point to his successes such as the five cent bag tax, support for funding a 37 mile trolly system at a cost of 1.5 billion while not knowing how to power it, and supporting raising chickens in your back yard.

What a leader. No wonder Tommy's nerves are frayed.

No wonder poor Tommy

Posted by: NewEra | June 15, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

After supporting the mayor all this time he has learned the hard way that a snake may shed its skin but it is still full of venom.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 15, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Tommy I have no balls Wells. Interesting that you would lash out now against the DYRS atrocities, is this because it’s a popular subject matter in the media? Brian Betts? Electionyear?
Now when Child and Family Services case workers came to you for help you didn’t want to get involved. So maybe it’s because those poor kids don’t vote or low income families can’t give enough to your campaign. Your non-action said it all.
Also remember when you didn’t want to get involve in finding out how many OCTO contractors have H1B visa’s even though they were firing D.C. government workers who were US citizens.

No, you didn’t “know about that subject matter”. Nope didn’t even want to have a staff member investigate.

Your true colors are showing. It’s all about self preservation for you. Gotta distance yourself from the Gestapo Fenty cause it aint look good for him. Remember silence is consent

You are sorry! To bad there isn’t anyone qualified running against you.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 16, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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