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Wells, Mendelson surprised and disappointed at DYRS move

D.C. Council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) aren't happy with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's decision to force out Marc A. Schindler as the head of the city's juvenile justice agency.

Wells, whose human services committee oversees the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, said ousting Schindler was a mistake dictated by nothing more than headlines. "Unless there's some new information that I'm not aware of, I'm really surprised by it and I think it represents a step backward," Wells said.

The mayor announced Monday that Robert Hildum, who has been a top aide to Attorney General Peter Nickles and has overseen juvenile prosecutions, would succeed Schindler, who was named interim director in January.

Fenty said Schindler's 180-day term as interim director was nearing an end and a full national search for a director would have been difficult to undertake in the midst of a mayoral campaign that would leave many candidates reluctant to commit to the job.

But with the mayor's race heating up and the juvenile justice agency under fire from some critics, Schindler was a precarious political spot.

Over the weekend the ax fell.

It was unwelcome news to Mendelson, who as the chair of public safety committee has a vital interest in the workings of DYRS.

"I think it hurts the agency, this turnover," he said.

Like Schindler, Hildum will be an interim director. That troubles Mendelson, who said the agency needs stable leadership if it is going to continue the progress it has made over the last couple of years, which was noted earlier this month by the court monitor who oversees DYRS.

"At a time when the agency has been commended for enormous improvement, this doesn't make a lot of sense," Mendelson said.

By Henri E. Cauvin  |  July 20, 2010; 11:48 AM ET
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Perhaps Wells and Mendelson needs to pack up and go, too! I guess it is okay for youth to assault staff or victimize taxpaying citizens, not to mention, tourists! Let's remember them whose lives are forever changed by their traumatic experience. A change in leadership is what is needed! Good luck to the new director as I am sure you heard the AAG's complain...Now you are about to find out that they were not exaggerating!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | July 20, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Some critics? You mean racists like Harry Jaffe who think young black men should be put in prison before they even commit crimes (Time to jail kids who kill before they kill; May 5, 2010) but young white men are incapable of murder (Robert Wone case).

And, no whatsreallygoingon, its not okay for anyone, youth or otherwise, to assault anyone. But if you'd been paying attention instead of picking your nose, you'd know that under the new DYRS system of NOT locking kids up all the time, recidivism rates have dramatically dropped. And violent crime rates have, too. Instead of mouthing off about something you know nothing about, go back to watching Real Housewives.

As for Fenty the Cowardly Fratboy, all the kickbacks to his buddies can't save him this time. He's never gonna get the racist Harry Jaffe vote anyway, he's lost the black vote and he just lost any hope of the progressive vote. I guess he'll always have mom & dad's shop to fall back on.

Posted by: vakil671 | July 21, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

@vakil671..You have nothing to do but speak about a system that YOU clearly don't understand. You can believe the hype of Schiraldi or Schindler and the rest of them. Recidivism is rampant at DYRS! Pay your dues by working at DYRS before speaking!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | July 21, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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