Ironwood Maine

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 35
Checked February 2, 2012
Open.gif Opened 2006

Ironwood Maine is a behavior modification facility for teenagers placed on 67 Captain Cushman Road Morrill, Maine [1]. In 1995 the founder Marion Rodrique saw the need for horses suited for children and established Ironwood Ponies.

In 2006 Ironwood Maine was founded with help by former employees from Turn-about Ranch (Wayne Stinson and Teresa Shinedling) in Utah. They have since left the facility.


The length of the program is 6 to 9 months. The target group are children aged from 13 to 18 and they can detain 23 teenagers according to their record at NATSAP [2]. The allow the child to arrive by the use of escort firms.

Level system

There are four levels at Ironwood:

New detainees are placed in a wilderness therapy environment at a place called "Frye" near the main building. During these levels (1 and 2) the only option for communication with parents are letter writing. Phone privileges are obtained once the detained child moves up to level 3.

Children, who have reached that level are living at the main facility with children on level 4.

In the news

The program was fetured on Today's Family [3]

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