State police say a 17-year-old girl at the Tryon Girls Center who was charged with assault became enraged when she was told she would have to wait to make a telephone call because the telephone was in use. Cheryl Lynn was charged at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with a felony count of second-degree assault and a [...]

Continue reading about NY. Another staff assaulted and another youth arrested at OCFS’ Tryon Facility

Tryon employees have spoken out the most and the loudest demanding Gladys Carrion removed from her commissioner position. By closing Tryon she will not silence this cause or these people. Her policies and procedures have destroyed OCFS facilities creating terrible working condition yet they continued to go into a dangerous work environment every day to [...]

Continue reading about NY. Comments from OCFS employees documenting more violence, more assaults and an even more unsafe intervention policy

Cheryl Huxhold has been a nurse for more than a decade and has cared for youth at the Tryon juvenile facility in Johnstown, Fulton County for the past four years. Less than a month ago, Cheryl survived a violent attack by a 15 year-old girl inside the facility. Cheryl courageously took part in a press [...]

Continue reading about NY. More details on the Nurse Attacked at OCFS Juvenile Facility at Tryon

A Tryon Residential Center nurse who was attacked, stabbed and beaten a week ago by a naked, unruly 15-year-old female inmate today told her story of how she was placed in a setting where regular youth division aides would have been on duty. Cheryl Huxhold, a 56-year-old Tryon nurse from Fultonville, said the girl was [...]

Continue reading about NY. Nurse working at OCFS Tryon Facility describes the attack

 A Tryon Residential Center union official says there’s been a bad stretch of juvenile resident attacks on staff lately, mainly because of the inability of staff to properly restrain or handle the offenders. Several juvenile inmates have been arrested since the start of the year. The latest was a 15-year-old girl who state police said [...]

Continue reading about NY. Violent & dangerous conditions at OCFS Juvenile (Tryon) Facility

A 15-year-old court-committed juvenile female  attacked a nurse with a pen. The 56-year old nurse was stabbed in both legs and in the forehead, then kicked in the stomach and face several times. Suffering stab wounds and two chipped teeth. Links to story provided courtesy of Jason Miller:  Girl, 15, accused of assault at Tryon http://leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/535387/Girl–15–accused-of-assault-at-Tryon.html [...]

Continue reading about NY. Nurse attacked at OCFS Juvenile Facility (Tryon) to tell story

According to insider reports, in the past 2 months at OCFS’ Goshen Secure center there have been the following violent incidents: Incident A doctor was threatened by an inmate/resident.  The doctor’s family was threatened by this same inmate/resident The doctor filed reports about the threats, but OCFS took no action and imposed NO consequences on [...]

Continue reading about NY. More reports that OCFS’ juvenile facilities are unsafe

In 2009 DOJ CRIPA division commenced an investigation into the conditions at 4 juvenile facilities. In August, 2009 DOJ released its findings regarding its investigation. In response to DOJ’s report the staff at OCFS as well as many NYS legislators voiced concerns that DOJ’s report and findings did not accurately reflect the true conditions at [...]

Continue reading about NY. OCFS VIDEO SHOWS INACCURACIES IN DOJ’S INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

We recently received news that OCFS facilities that were once accredited by the ACA are no longer accredited. ACA accreditation is a pre-requisite for receiving Federal funding. At a price tag of over $200k per youth per year one would think NYS OCFS would take great pains to maintain its facility’s accreditation and access to [...]

Continue reading about NY. Is Commissioner Gladys Carrion Intentionally Making OCFS Facilities Unsafe?

March 2011:  Lockport Council President Richelle Pasceri introduced a resolution urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to fire Commissioner of Children & Family Services Gladys Carrion for, among other things, failing to introduce any reforms at the Office of Children & Family Services following the murder of group home worker Renee Greco. Elected officials across NYS State are [...]

Continue reading about NY. Lockport Council President Expresses No Confidence re: Safety at OCFS Centers