Herkules, Denmark

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Checked July 3, 2011
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Herkules is a number of group homes located around the city of Fredericia.

As of 2008 they have the following departments.

  • 72 Gl. Ribevej, DK-7000 Fredericia. Etablished 2003. 5 teenagers. 8 staffmember. Always 2 staffmember on duty 24/7.
  • 73 Stationsvej, Pjedsted, DK-7000 Fredericia
  • Vesterby on the Island of Endelave (officially only for shorter isolation periods) [1]
  • Remote farm in Sweden (officially only for shorter isolation periods and Wilderness therapy)

The teenagers aged between 13 and 17 are referred from courts and local authorities. They also run a transtition home for young adult aged up to 23.

Program structure

Daily program

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:30 Morning run or biking
  • 08:00 bath and breakfast
  • 09:00 In-house school
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 In-house school
  • 15:00 Quiet/personal hour or homework
  • 16:00 Time off or part-time job
  • 18.00 Dinner
  • 19.00 Use of mobile phone or internet
  • 23.00 Lights out

Education

The facility run a in-house school. The goal is for the teenagers to graduate an test equal to the exam at publich school (form 9th or 10th). This exam is monitored by the department of education in Denmark.

Consequences

If the teenagers break the rules at the facility they can be sent to either Endelave or the farm in Sweden for months of punishment drills.

In the news

February 2005 two boys was rescued from a nearby island after having escaped in a small boat. They could have died in the cold weather [2]

January 2008 a 15 year old escaped from the facility on Endelave and went to a nearby farm where she with the help of an axe took a car from a elderly couple. However she could't drive and ended off-road. She locked herself in a car and had a stand-off with several staffmembers. They took her down but claimed that she manage to injure one of the staffmembers. The police had to use a chopper to transport her of the Island due to the whether. She was placed at the facilty due to a bomb threat and several other crimes[3].

July 2008 two boys aged 14 and 16 tried to escape from the facility on Endelave. They were found hiding on the ferry to the mainland. During their escape they broke into a shop and stole some money. The crime was reported to the police [4].

2011 the Danish television channel Denmarks Radio broadcasted a documentary where they showed alleged torture and other kind of abuses at the facility [5]. Forced labor was also alleged to take presence at the facilty. The facility are being investigated by the authorities [6].

External Links

Info pages

Groups

Message boards

References

  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. Reddet af helikopter, by Rikke Hyldgaard, Fyens StiftsTidende, February 25, 2005 Dk8.gif
  3. Teenage-pige amok på Endelave (Teenage girl gone berserk on Endelave), by Kasper Harboe, Denmarks Radio, Januar 28 2008 Dk8.gif
  4. Flugtforsøg på Endelave (Attempted escape from Endelave), by Bente Hansen, Denmarks Radio, July 8 2008 Dk8.gif
  5. RCT anmelder Herkules og Fredericia Kommune for tortur og umenneskelig behandling, Press-release from Rehabiliterings- og Forskningscentret for Torturofre, June 29, 2011 Dk8.gif
  6. Ekstra skærpet tilsyn med Herkules, P4 Trekanten, June 27, 2011 Dk8.gif