In Washington D.C., the Oak Hill juvenile detention center was well-known for its decaying interior, rampant drug-use, and abusive guards. As part of sweeping reforms, Oak Hill was closed in 2009 and replaced by a smaller and dramatically different facility, appropriately-named New Beginnings Youth Development Center.
A report released this week titled, “From Notorious to Notable,” authored by Liz Ryan from the Campaign For Youth Justice and Marc Schindler from Venture Philanthropy Partners, details the transformation of Washington’s D.C.’s juvenile justice system in the years since 2000 when then Mayor Anthony Williams’ appointed a Blue Ribbon Commission to reexamine the issue.