News update: Juveniles broke out of a Nashville detention center

According to an article in The Tennessean, several juveniles being held in the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, Tennessee escaped from their bedrooms in the middle of the night on May 7, 2014. The children made it to the outdoor courtyard on the detention center’s campus, but they were caught before they actually left the grounds.

The spokesperson for the Center said, “The kids for a while were running around in the yard, but there was nowhere to go.”

When it was realized that the children were not in their beds, on-duty employees called the police, who were on guard outside of the Center’s property. Eventually, employees were able to convince the boys to return to the facility. They returned around 6:00 a.m., after the 4:00 a.m. escape.

There were no injuries incurred or weapons used, to anyone’s knowledge at this point. The children escaped through windows that they had broken in their individual bedroom doors.

This news article prompted the research of other juveniles attempting to escape from juvenile detention facilities. Unfortunately, it is not all that rare that juveniles are able to (at least to some extent) leave their room and attempt escape.

The following are more examples of recent attempted escapes:

– Guard beaten in violent escape from Harvey juvenile detention center

– 4 juveniles escaped detention center, assaulted guards

– Video from a massive escape at juvenile detention center

– Teen back in custody after escaping from S.F. juvenile detention facility

– Two boys escape from juvenile detention centerescaping jail

Ashley Pierce

About Ashley Pierce

Ashley Pierce is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2010. While she was in college, she worked with a non-profit organization called Ambassadors for Christ that partnered at-risk youth with college students to serve as positive influences. During her first summer as a law student, Ashley worked in employment discrimination law with Bashen Corporation, in order to expand her horizons and see a completely different side of the legal world. During her second summer, she worked as a law clerk with Lilly, Newman & Van Ness, L.L.P., a family law firm. She will continue working there during her third year of law school. Ashley has always been passionate about helping children and families and she has a genuine interest in the intersection of psychology and the law. This year, she is looking forward to learning more about amicus work and she plans on focusing her research and writing on the "best interest" standard as it is applied to children.

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