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County Executive Leopold Calls on D.C. Government to Address Security Lapses at Oak Hill

Escapes pose a public safety threat to community

Annapolis (June 6, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today called on officials in the District of Columbia to immediately address security lapses that have allowed escapes by juvenile offenders around New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel.

"My opposition to locating this facility in Anne Arundel County has not changed, because juvenile offenders should be rehabilitated in their own jurisdiction," County Executive Leopold said. "Despite the name change from Oak Hill to New Beginnings, there has been no end to a long history of escapes."

Over the holiday weekend, six juveniles escaped from the facility. They were recaptured, but the escape was the second such incident since the newly-opened facility was unveiled at the end of May.

View the letter written to Mayor Fenty from County Executive John R. Leopold

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