Peninsula Village is a behavior modification facility for adolescents aged 13 - 17 years of age located on 2341 Jones Bend Rd, Louisville, Tennessee .
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.
- 1 Program description
- 2 In the News
- 3 References
- 4 External links
- 5 Watch organization status
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 
A daily schedule at STU is described as following by a survivor:
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) .
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:
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) 
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) .
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) 
- The facility on Google Maps
- Posey Transport Jacket, the witness used sized small (80-120 lbs), Posey Restraint Net, Additional nylon restraints for use on the ankles in connection with the out of the restraint bed (The hook and loop closure model)
- Ecoliblog (2005), Tennessee: Peninsula Village E. coli Litigation
- Oregon Department of Education, B.V. against Lincoln Country School Distric
- About the case of Cop-killer Matthew Grant, The News Observer
- Hawranke's Web profile focused on violence, drugs, Daily Progress (2006)
- a) Peninsula's use of religious text in treatment concerns parent, The Daily Times (2000)
- b) [http://www.heal-online.org/peninsula.htm Heal-online, Watch organization on Peninsula Village.
- c) Abigail's story: To boot camp and Back, drugfree.org.
- d) Caica, Coalition against institutionalized child abuse, Teen Behavior Modification Camps Abuse Teens, Caica - referal firm
- e) Nami, National Alliance on Mental Illness (1998), A Summary of Reports of Restraints & Seclusion Abuse Received Since the October 1998 Investigation by The Hartford Courant (See under Tennessee).
- f) CHARLY D. MILLER (2000), Reference to A Summary of Reports of Restraints & Seclusion Abuse Received Since the October 1998 Investigation by The Hartford Courant
- g) BlogRef1, troubled teen you must read this please.
- h) Grant's relatives fill in outline of life, The News Observer (2004)
- i) the-slut, words, Diary from a former detainee.
- j) Locked Down, Can strongarm tactics help troubled teens overcome their personal dilemmas?, by Betty Bean, Metro Pulse, July 1997
- Info: Facility homepage
- Info: International Survivors Action Committee on Peninsula Village
- Info: Info about a lawsuit because of a patient being infected by E.colli, Marker Clark Attorney At Law
- Info: National Youth Righs Association meeting, The conditions at Peninsula Village were presented by a survivor.
- Info: My Experience At Peninsula Village, blog made by a survivor
- Info: Testimony by Kristin E. Stattel to the Congressional Hearing on April 24, 2008, in which she attended.
- Survivor group: Villagescum, Myspace private group - you have to be logged in on Myspace before you can use this link.
- Survivor group: Peninsula Village-ers, Myspace
- Survivor group: Peninsula village Alumni, Myspace
- Gaoler Group: Group of parents who have detained their child at Peninsula Village
Specific threads on the facility
- Forum: Youthrights - thread about Peninsula Village
- Forum: My personal PV experiences, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: Adam McLain: GONE From PV!, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: PV: Where's Steve Petty?, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: Facts about Peninsula Village, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: A Place to Post PV Experiences, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: mental health, a thread on Wate.com after a TV broadcast about the facility
Message boards with threads on the facility
- Forum: YLF - Peninsula Village, forum with numerous threads about Peninsula Village
- Forum: The Troubled Teen Industry a subforum on the message board of Fight Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICAN)
- Forum: The Troubled Teen Industry a subforum on Fornits webforum
- Forum: The Teen Help Industry a subforum on the message board of Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)