Hello all!  Welcome to my blog!  Throughout the 2009-10 school year I will be part of a community based learning class entitled Project DC.  Over the next several months I will be conducting a research project about juvenile rehabilitation in DC, with a specific focus on Oak Hill- the juvenile detention center.  I will be working through the Center for Research on Adolescents, Women, and the Law (CRAWL) in conjunction with Natalie Young and Dr. Jennifer Woolard. As I do so, I will periodically update this blog with new reflections, links, pictures, and other information.

“Never doubt

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New Beginnings Movie

610x New Beginnings Youth Center Opening

This video discusses the transition from Oak Hill detention center to the new youth center, New Beginnings.  It discusses the controversial past of Oak Hill and the projected hopes of the new facility.

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May 4, 2010

Thesis is complete!

February 14, 2010

Natalie and I finally heard back from the IRB and our project was approved!  We are now beginning our interviews!

December 8, 2009

Natalie and I have been working hard on our project all semester.  We submitted our first proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), however we unfortunately were asked to make some revisions.  After a fairly long process we submitted our revisions and the proposal was accepted.  We are now waiting to hear back on our approval.

In the meantime, we have been planning our efforts to conduct interviews of important stakeholders of the juvenile

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My project is entitled “Juvenile Justice in DC: The History of Rehabilitation”.  I am studying the evolution of the juvenile justice system in DC and its transformation from a rehabilitative approach to a punitive approach, and its recent efforts to transition back to rehabilitation

You can use the page links to the right –> to navigate the different components of the project.

Here are some links to related organizations:

Campaign for Youth Justice

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services