New Bethany Home

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This facility used corporal punishment

New Bethany Home was the name for three facilities located at:

  • Longstreet, Louisiana (Closed 1981)
  • Walterboro, South Carolina (Closed 1984)
  • Arcadia, Louisiana

They were shut down after claims of abuse [1].

They were run by the couple Mack and Thelma Ford.

Program structure


The claims of unhumane treatment consisted of these points:

  • 1) Frequent whippings that left bruises.
  • 2) Beatings at the hands of other girls (big sister treatment)
  • 3) Being made to clean out animal pens with bare hands
  • 4) Being denied medical care.
  • 5) Being constantly called derogatory names.


In the news

In 1998 a grandmother campained for the release of her grandson, which she got with help from U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo [2][3]


  1. Welcome to The History of New Bethany, from Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)
  2. Fighting to free a grandson, Western Slope family campaigns for release of 14-year-old boy from Louisiana preacher's harsh detention compound, By by Lou Kilzer, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado, 1 November 1998 (Reprint from World Corporal Punishment Research)
  3. Teen Held In La. Camp Flies Home, Five months' incarceration ends after news stories, court order, lawmaker's intervention win release, By Lou Kilzer, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado, 11 December 1998 (Reprint from World Corporal Punishment Research)

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