Associated Press - August 5, 2007 5:35 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A family court judge has begun removing Philadelphia children from a controversial treatment center in Tennessee, where a 17-year-old resident died after a confrontation with staff.
Associated Marine Institutes has been cited as a model youth rehabilitation program, but the nonprofit has been hit with more than a dozen lawsuits nationwide and has lost contracts in two states.
Conditions at youth lockup rankle legislators
BY Amy Upshaw
Members of a House panel that focuses on children said Wednesday that they are outraged that the state spends, on average, about $ 70, 000 a year per bed at the 143-bed Alexander Juvenile Correctional Facility, yet conditions and services continue to be woefully inadequate.
Judge orders 3 removed from juvenile facility after teen being restrained dies.