The state Judicial Inquiry Board on Friday filed a formal complaint against a Cook County judge for falsely stating where she lives, a charge based on a joint investigation by Medill Watchdog and WGN Investigates. The rare action sets in motion a process that can lead to formal discipline, up to and including removal from… View Article

Full Harsh Treatment series now available

By Rick Tulsky on December 10, 2014
Seven examinations of facilities with problems, and 16 more capsules of facilities around the country. Video, audio included. And: Links to the five-part series in the Tribune. Read here. 

Citrus Health Network

By Medill Watchdog on December 9, 2014
By Rachel Graf and Karen Chen In August 2013, a resident at Citrus Health Network’s South Florida residential treatment center entered a shower stall and prepared to take a second shower, citing her menstrual cramps. Before it was over, a male staff member, who objected to her showering out of turn, had climbed over a… View Article

Willowglen: Troubled Center Shuts Doors

By Medill Watchdog on December 9, 2014
By Tyler Pager and Christian Holub It came to an end this past week. In recent times, Willowglen Academy increasingly struggled to keep safe residents at its Plymouth, Wisconsin treatment center, a Medill Watchdog investigation found. Reports from the Wisconsin state licensing agency and local police, as well as interviews with former residents and staff,… View Article


By Medill Watchdog on December 9, 2014
 By Jani Actman, Josh Solomon and Amanda Oppold  The events leading to the death of Kenneth Barkley, 15, inside a suburban Cleveland residential treatment center in January began when a staff member wanted him to take his medicine. When Barkley reacted violently, police reports show, OhioGuidestone staff member Deon Bryant grabbed Barkley in a bear… View Article
By David Jackson, Gary Marx and Medill Watchdog Six years after the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that youths were beaten and abused inside residential treatment centers across the country, the mistreatment and violence continue amid inconsistent oversight by government agencies, an investigation by the Tribune and Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog program has uncovered. Police… View Article

Harsh Treament: Violent incidents bedevil Ohio facility

By Medill Watchdog on December 7, 2014
This article was reported and written by Jani Actman, Lauren Caruba, John Kuhn, Anthony Settipani and Josh Solomon, with additional reporting by Amanda Oppold, Katherine Cooney and Rose Conry.  In early 2013, two residents at an Ohio behavioral treatment facility trapped another resident in a room. They struck him repeatedly in the head and body,… View Article
The article was reported and written by Medill Watchdog interns Rachel Graf, Sam Hart, Christian Holub, Katherine Mirani and Jaclyn Skurie. Additional reporting was provided by interns Annalise Frank, Alyssa Howard and Megan Joyce. Third in a series examining problems in the care of troubled youth in residential treatment centers nationwide In August 2013, two residents… View Article
By Robin Amer and Bryan Lowry Second in a series examining problems in the care of troubled youth in residential treatment centers nationwide Just before dusk on the evening of March 31, 2011, two members of the Wolverine Pioneer Work & Learn Center staff chased two fleeing teenagers into the nearby woods, state records show…. View Article
A year ago, Medill Watchdog at Northwestern University and the Chicago Tribune undertook an unprecedented look inside residential treatment centers designed to help youth with severe emotional, behavioral or mental issues. There are hundreds, across the country. Some are run by non-profits; some by religious organizations; some by for-profit corporations. Some youth are sent there… View Article
 By John Seasly and Alice Li First in a series of articles documenting the nationwide troubles of facilities meant to help youth with behavioral, emotional problems Police reports give a glimpse into what goes on behind the locked doors of Provo Canyon School. Boys and girls as young as eight hurt each other, themselves and… View Article

Maryhurst’s Euphrasia Treatment Program

By Medill Watchdog on December 9, 2014
Facility Overview: Maryhurst’s Euphrasia Treatment Program in Louisville, Kentucky, is a residential treatment center that provides care for up to 68 girls between 11 and 18 years old at any time. The youth all were past victims of abuse or neglect that had caused the state to remove them from their homes and assign them… View Article

Vista Maria

By Medill Watchdog on December 9, 2014
Facility Overview:  The Vista Maria residential treatment center has licenses for up to 173 girls aged 11 to 17  in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The facility opened in 1942, a successor to the House of the Good Shepherd orphanage for girls in Detroit. Key Findings: The facility has repeatedly been cited in recent years for a variety of violations,… View Article

Devereux Florida

By Medill Watchdog on December 9, 2014
Facility: The residential treatment center at the Orlando Campus of Devereux Florida provides residential services for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and psychological problems. The center shares a campus with the residential group care program for adolescent boys and the statewide inpatient psychiatric program. Devereux operates centers in 11 states. Key Findings: The reports from the… View Article