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Peninsula Village is a behavior modification facility for adolescents aged 13 - 17 years of age located on 2341 Jones Bend Rd, Louisville, Tennessee (Google maps) [1].

It was established in 1986.

The detainees are children who are either placed by their parents, by court order as an alternative to prison or by the social authorities.

An average stay takes between 12 and 15 months.

Program description

If the detainee would not go there by themselves, the parents are advised to use a Youth transport firm or use relatives, but some are tricked there by their parents.

The program keep male and female detainees separated. At no part of the program does male and female detainees interact unsupervised. If a two groups of detainee pass each other they have to look in the ground while they pass. They are not allowed to look at each other. The program consist of two parts.

Special Treatment Unit

The detainee are first placed in a lockdown unit called the Secured Admissions Unit or Special Treatment Unit.

It is a hospital like environment, where the detainee are not allowed to speak outside group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy session over the phone.

It is a zero tolerance environment where every rule breaking is addressed with the detainee being pinned down by the staff and taken to an isolation cell.

Intensive use of straight jackets and body net combined with nylon restraints on a bed are reported (Nami). The parent manual confirms use of a bed restraint and a restraint jacket. A former survivor has confirmed the restraint jacket as a Posey Transport Jacket. [9]

A daily schedule at STU is described as following by a survivor:

  • 06:30 Wake up, make beds, do morning hygiene
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Chores
  • 09:00 Morning activity (Monday through Friday schedules changed)
  • 11:00 Group Psychotherapy
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Priority time, necessaries group, exercises, quiet time
  • 13:30 School
  • 16:00 Afternoon activity
  • 17:00 Dinner
  • 18:00 Group Psychotherapy
  • 19:00 Priority time, necessaries group, exercises, quiet time
  • 19:30 Evening hygiene
  • 20:30 Evening activity
  • 21:30 Wrap up
  • 22:00 Spiritual time
  • 22:05 Lights out

Cabin program

The second part of the program takes place in a wooden area next to the Secured Admissions Unit, where the detainees live in very primitive cabins. There is now running water in the cabins so the detainees has to get it from wells. Due to these unsanitary conditions a detainee was hospitalized due to E.coli poisoning (Ecoliblog) [6]

There is some schooling but the most of the time is spent doing psychical work like wood-chopping and carrying items. Here is a sample schedule from the cabin program:

  • 06:00 Wake up
  • 06:15 Bathhouse / hygiene / pray
  • 06:35 Lanterns / trash
  • 06:45 Meditation @ YC (the dining hall)
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 07:28 Clean up / split rotation / porta / dump and fill gott (porta is short for porta john. there was no running watter in the cabins so we had to use porta johns. There were restrooms at the YC, bathhouse and school, though.)
  • 08:00 voc / tool shed
  • 11:30 Clean up / tool shed
  • 11:55 Line up / Geloha (gelohas set the table for dining.)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:33 Clean up /rotation / porta
  • 13:00 Group therapy @ cabin
  • 14:00 Cabin jobs / shower clothes
  • 14:35 voc / tool shed
  • 16:45 Clean up / tool shed
  • 17:10 Line up / geloha
  • 17:15 Dinner
  • 17:43 Clean up / split rotation / lanterns
  • 18:00 CD Work (CD work was our AA and NA 12 step work)
  • 18:30 Consequences
  • 19:00 Tai Chi
  • 20:15 Handing out medication, nursing
  • 20:30 Showers
  • 21:30 Wrap up / removing the last porta
  • 22:00 Bedtime

Academics

Peninsula Village is licensed as a private school approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). However the education are not carried out regularly and it have resulted in lawsuits between local school districts and parents of placed detainees (Oregon Department of Education) [14]

In the News

Convicted cop-killer Matthew Grant spent his youth at the facility and learned the skills that is useful at his present placement (The News Observer). [12]

One of the youth convicted of conspiracy of committing murder and using an explosive device to blow up a school is also detained at the facility (Daily Progress). [13]

References

External links

Watch organization status