Abu Ghraib style boot camps for youngsters in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Greg Kutz, Managing Director of Forensic Audits and Special Investigations at the Government Accountability Office, makes an opening statement at a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor hearing concerning cases of child neglect and abuse at private residential treatment facilities.

From Associated Press in the USA:

Marketing of boot camps under congressional scrutiny

AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON — During an emotional hearing in the House on Thursday, lawmakers and witnesses likened the treatment of teens in youth boot camps to the kind of torture faced by prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

Investigators uncovered cases in which a program employee’s pit bull was trained to bite students in the groin and where teens had bags placed over their heads and nooses slipped around their necks, testified Greg Kutz, who has led an investigation into youth residential programs for the federal Government Accountability Office.

“It’s hard to believe that people would do this to somebody else’s child,” said a visibly angry Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.

Miller, chairman of the House education committee, introduced legislation this week to prevent such abuses and boost oversight of boot camps. Such programs also are commonly referred to as residential treatment facilities, behavior modification programs or therapeutic boarding schools.

The programs are typically loosely regulated by states. There are no federal laws that define and regulate them.

Kutz said Thursday that the programs use deceptive marketing practices when trying to persuade parents of troubled youngsters to enter the programs.

British Tory boot camp plans: here.

2 thoughts on “Abu Ghraib style boot camps for youngsters in the USA

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