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Posted at 4:03 PM ET, 07/19/2010

New interim director for DYRS

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has named the city's chief juvenile prosecutor, Deputy D.C. Attorney General Robert Hildum, to be interim director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Service.

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DYRS to name new director
2:45 p.m.

The head of the District’s juvenile justice agency has been forced out after a series of high-profile crimes involving youths thrust the agency into the upcoming mayoral race and threatened to overshadow continuing improvements .

The mayor’s office has scheduled a briefing for Monday afternoon to announced a new director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

Marc A. Schindler, who had been named interim director in January, appeared well-positioned to win the permanent appointment from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). A lawyer and longtime juvenile justice advocate, Schindler, with his lower-key style, was expected to ease some of the tensions that built at DYRS under the previous director, Vincent N. Schiraldi.

But within a few months of taking over for Schiraldi, who had been appointed the head of New York City’s probation agency, Schindler and DYRS came under fire amid a string of crimes linked, in one case erroneously, to juvenile offenders, starting with the March 31 mass shooting on South Capitol Street.

-- Henri Cauvin

By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

Is Gunnery Sergeant Ronald Lee Ermey available? That is what these knuckleheads need...

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 19, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Long overdue. Now the DC government just needs to get to work on overhauling the code that coddles far too many dangerous juvenile offenders.

Posted by: blankspace | July 19, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Prosecutors in the AG's Office devote long hours and tireless efforts toward getting juvenile offenders convicted and locked up for their crimes... only to have DYRS place them back in the community and not pursue them when they abscond. This "revolving door" is a source of great frustration for the prosecutors, as well as for sentencing judges, victims, and the community.

It bears watching to see whether Mr. Hildum, as a veteran of the prosecutors' office, will take the necessary steps at DYRS to close the revolving door... or whether he will sacrifice his prosecutorial principles for the politics of expediency and misguided leniency.

Posted by: nan_lynn | July 19, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

This is a huge shame. Mr. Schindler was doing a great job of bringing research and data driven reform to one of the District's most troubled agencies. He and Mr. Schiraldi should be thanked, not vilified as they have so often been on these pages. If DC does not stay on track with this reform, we will only see increasing recidivism and increasing disconnect between court-involved youth and our city. I know I am going to get slammed for writing this post, but people need to know that this city is worse off without Mr. Schindler's leadership.

Posted by: callitlikeiseeit1 | July 19, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a huge shame. Mr. Schindler was doing a great job of bringing research and data driven reform to one of the District's most troubled agencies. He and Mr. Schiraldi should be thanked, not vilified as they have so often been on these pages. If DC does not stay on track with this reform, we will only see increasing recidivism and increasing disconnect between court-involved youth and our city. I know I am going to get slammed for writing this post, but people need to know that this city is worse off without Mr. Schindler's leadership.

Posted by: callitlikeiseeit1 | July 19, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Another hast firing under this administration.

Posted by: drfields | July 19, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

If you give them QUALITY job training, so employers will hire them to fill the job openings they have RIGHT NOW, they you will definitely have less youth related crime. Focus on the District's Dept of Employment Services and get a Director that knows what he is doing FIRST who won't lie to the taxpayers, then you can build on the foundation from there. I've worked with over 1,100 DC teenagers in the past few years, and when you give them choices that are MATCHED with their interests, you will have effective youth engagement that serves as a fundamental alternative to getting into trouble. Also, there needs to be effective service delivery employing cultural sensitivity from all races, cultures, nationalities, etc. The District's youth related activities should not be only geared towards African-Americans, but towards youth of ALL groups such as Anglo-Saxon-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latino-Americans, etc.

The Districts taxpayers gave the Dept of Employment Services over $780,000 dollars to use the funds to make sure that DC residents were considered 'FIRST' when any new hiring opportunities came up, in exchange for lucrative contracts, land, etc. When the team who was charged with making sure the LAW was followed showed to inspect, they found the $780,000 was spent by the DOES Director on something else other than what it was originally intended. Additionally, they found the DOES Director had cost the taxpayers over $14,000,000 in lost revenue, wages, and additional income opportunity. Here is a LAW which if used properly buy someone with the guts to DO SOMETHING and get results and actually bring DC's talent, and DC's employers together in a friendly atmosphere to discuss solutions. But, without good management running DC's 'face-job-creation', and keeping adequate records, about what is actually being accomplished, DC residents and businesses will continue to be short-changed at taxpayers expense based on what I see from testimony here from your auditors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdKT5yh3Qu0

Posted by: jobforce | July 20, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the previous typos, but I'm still not that good typing with one finger on such a small phone. The iPhone keeps wanting to change what I type to what it thinks I should type.

Posted by: jobforce | July 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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