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614. El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch

El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch has it license suspended after state investigators found that the children were underfed and abuse. The facility had been in operation for more than 50 years. It seems that the decision to close the place was done 50 years too late.

It cannot be fun to have been there as a teenager.

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613. Teglgårdslund

Teglgårdslund is located in Hilleroed. They offer apartments for at-risk youth aged between 15 and 26 years with so-called easy problems.

In the past there was a case where a 15 year old girl tried to burn her apartment down. There were also involved in connecting the previous entry “Vildmarksprojektet” with the authorities despite missing licensing and a totally illegal concept. They neglected to interview the children when they returned from Norway and Sweden. Letters from foster families in Sweden containing information about violence comitted against the teenagers were ignored.

Despite having changed management we as a human rights group doubt that there have been changes enough so we will claim that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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605. The Village School, Philadelphia

The Village School lost two employees after the police arrested them for their indecent relationship with students. The arrests removed a factor of stability at the facility and now reports of fights among students in the facility is reported. The students at this facility are court-ordered to be there and now there are no strategy about how to reward students. It causes turmoil.

It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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597. Northeast Parent and Child Society

The Northeast Parent and Child Society in Schenectady, New York has been the center of some media coverage recently. We are talking alleged illegal relationship between teacher and student, alleged violence against students. We are talking about the massive number of calls and responses by the police to the facility.

For vulnerable teenagers who are forced to be there in order to heal it cannot be fun to be placed in such an environment.

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584. Magnolia Academy

Magnolia Academy in Tennessee was a for-profit group home located in Columbia, Tennessee. Sixty girls escaped from the facility in the period from 2011 to 2014.

In fact the entire firm – ResCare – running the facility seems to have difficulties. A wilderness program was shut down by the authorities years earlier.

For a long time all the involvement the authorties did was to bring the girls back. None seemed to ask why the girls ran or they would be better served if the courts gave them community service tasks they could do after school instead of probation and a stay at these low-security group homes where they would interact with girls exchanging what they learned about crime. Acts should result in consequences not in learning courses in crime which too often is the case when you lock minors up.

While it sounded that the girls saw their stay at these facilities as an adventure in the long run it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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577. Hanna Boys Center

The Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California has been around for many years. Recently it was in the news after the former clinical director was charged with 15 counts of of oral copulation of two minors by coercion or duress.

Earlier an executive director resigned after news concerning his action in the past before he came to the facility become public.

It doesn’t sound like a place oversight of the employees are tight.

It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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576. New Visions Group Home

The New Visions Group Home located in Clovis, New Mexico lost its license after the authorities investigated the facility. They found improper care of the teenagers held at the facility.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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571. The Hebron Home

The Hebron Home (Børnehjemmet Hebron) was the center of a massive investigation conducted by the Danish state in 1907. Motivated by her strict religious upbringing the female headmaster held the children in the children home under control with her iron fist supplemented by use of isolation rooms. Sometimes the children were even starved. In the end the investigation resulted in her being forced to resign.

Backed by religious people she was appointed to teach at local religious school until she was fired for being too strict there also. She died in 1922.

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567. Waterfall Canyon Academy

Waterfall Canyon Academy is located in Ogden in Utah. In the media the facility is known for runaways and explicit photos connected to an employee.

While it create some kind of safe environment for adults suffering from various illnesses like Autismn it does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.

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551. Sunshine Boys Hostel

Sunshine Boys Hostel – founded in 1959 – was housing boys who were ‘not normally acceptable in the hostels conducted by voluntary organizations, who have no interested parents or other relatives, and who require something more than the usual help and supervision, as regards employment and leisure’.

It sounded very beutiful. However David Whitcroft who also was employed at Geelong College was sentenced for five counts of sexual penetration with a 14-year-old ward of the state at the hostel.

It could not have been a fun place to be as a teenager.

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