Sources said Monday afternoon that the youth who escaped Saturday from the New Beginnings Youth Center in Laurel, Md. —  embarrassing the $45 million juvenile facility that just opened on Friday — finally was recaptured Monday.

razorwireThe sources said the juvenile was found in northeast Washington by a youth rehabilitation department employee.  The juvenile is now back in custody with D.C. Police.

The New Beginnings Youth Center in Laurel, Md., was described as an “anti-prison” in many of the warm and fuzzy stories written about it leading up to its opening on Friday. How apropos, because how can it be a prison if it can’t keep the inmates inside.

On Saturday the kid escaped by scaling a fence. It appears officials knew that fencing would be a problem, according to the Washington Post. The old Oak Hill facility had razor wire on its fence, but that wasn’t part of the new home. It turned out to be a bad move.

 A day before the facility opened, Schiraldi and David Muhammad, chief of committed services, said they had brought in young men to try to scale the fences and made modifications based on what they observed. Schiraldi said he planned to place prickly shrubbery, possibly rose bushes, near the fence so inmates would not be tempted to flee.

This is what happens when you try to PC a prison for delinquents.  I am sure the people who came up with the idea for this anti-prison are the same ones that believe that deep down we’re all basically good, and that our situations had robbed us of the opportunity to exhibit said “goodness”. Horse hocky. Romans 3:10-12 sums it up for us:

10as it is written:

    “None is righteous, no, not one;
 11no one understands;
   no one seeks for God.
12All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
   no one does good,
   not even one.”

Who would honestly believe that “prickly” rose bushes would deter an inmate from escaping? Only the ones with severe allergies to flowers. I’m sure the new razor wire surrounding the compound is a much better fit. It will prove to be more “prickly”.


About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

One response »

  1. slamdunk says:

    Funny commentary Chuck–I had not seen this story.

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