Morava Academy

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Current status Closed
Detainees.gif Capacity 60
Checked December 20, 2011
Open.gif Opened 1998
Close.gif Closed 1998

Morava academy was a behavior modification facility placed in a village called Jelenice, near Brno in Czech republic. It was closed by the authorities in 1998 due to suspicion of child abuse [1]

When the program was open, they were able to detain 60 detainees of both genders.

In the news

The book Comeback - a mother and daughter's journey through hell and back [2] portraits the facility and the shutdown. The daughter received the final stages of her character alteration programming at Spring Creek Lodge. The managers of the facility had been involved in another facility in Mexico, which were shut down by the authorities [3]

When it was closed late 1998, an article stated that the owner of the facility which opened early 1998 was a certain Ralph Atkin [4].

In 1999 the Czech Radio reported that the manager Steven Roach was believed to have escaped the country in order to avoid jail, which could be a sentence for 8 years [5].

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  1. The former facility on Google maps. Today it is a hotel named "Hotel Jelenice". However it seems that it has been closed
  2. Book: Comeback - a mother and daughter's journey through hell and back, by Mia and Claire Fontaine (ISBN-10: 0-06-085971-7)
  3. Morava Academy heads arrested before, By Ladka Bauerova, The Prague Post, December 11, 1998 (Reprint from project Nospank)
  4. U.S. kids imprisoned in jail-like 'Academy', By Ladka Bauerova, The Prague Post Online, November 11 1998
  5. CZECH-USA-MORAVIA-CRIME, Transcript Czech radio