Reform aims at youth sites

Bill would have Md. oversee training in private facilities for juvenile offenders

General Assembly

February 08, 2007|By Gadi Dechter | Gadi Dechter,Sun reporter

The state would be required to oversee the training of staff at private residential programs for juvenile offenders such as the Bowling Brook Preparatory School, where a student died last month, under legislation pending in Annapolis.

Isaiah Simmons, 17, died after being physically restrained for several hours by Bowling Brook counselors. The methods used to subdue him have raised questions about the state's oversight of such programs. Witnesses have said they saw staff members sitting on the struggling teen until he passed out and died.

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