Discovery Academy

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Information
Current status Open
Image:Detainees.gif Capacity 77
Checked October 22, 2011
Image:Open.gif Opened 1989

Discovery Academy is a behavior modification facility located in Provo, Utah [1]

It was founded by Dr. D. Eugene Thorne in 1989 by although some sources state that was in February 1990 [2]. It moved to it present location at the old Ivy Tower in 1992. The neighbors were kept in the dark [3]. At the present time they are able to detain 77 teenagers at their facility. A new addition to the facility are constructed west of the main campus [4].

They seem to work closely together with the wilderness program called Redcliff Ascent. They also have connections and internal links to another facilities named Discovery Ranch and Oxbow Academy.

The targetgroup is teenager aged between 13 and 18 years of age. The program last between 6 and 18 months [4].

Contents

Program structure

The program use levels. There are 4 levels. Every second week the detained teenagers can be voted up. [5]. It takes 5 months to get to Level at minimum. The teenagers on the highest level live in a dorm called "cottage", where they enjoy a standard similar to an open prison with work releases.

Living standards

The teenagers are held in dorm-like settings. A typical room can house 4 teenagers of a single gender.

Typical daily schedule

TimeActivityTimeActivity
07:00Wake-up 14:30Boys Community Meeting
08:00Breakfast and Chores 15:00Study Hall
09:00PE, Individual, family and experiential therapy 16:00School and Dinner
12:00Lunch and free time 21:00Free Time
13:00Girls Community Meeting 22:30Lights Out
13:30Specialized group therapy. These groups may include eating disorders, relapse prevention, grief and loss, adoption, and drama therapy.

Consequences

The normal punishment is a "demerit". It consist of standing still in front of a wall for 25 minutes per demerit. There is a five minute break between each demerit [5]

They used a isolation room called "ISU", but the use of it has been forbidden by the authorities [6]

In the news

A Orem resident was convicted of attempted rape and written false statement after he had sex with a 16 year old teenager, who was detained at the facility [7]

They are also mentioned in an article about a boy being held away from his mother by a relative [8]

They are also a part in a lawsuit brought against them from a mother to a boy, who is claimed to have been sexually assaulted by other detained teenagers [9].

They have been the target of a lawsuit made by the Disability Law Center [10]

Adjusting to the life after a placement at Discovery Academy can be hard. A young author Alexa Leigh Corbett wrote the books [i]The Life Ever After[/i] and [i]The ID: The Art of Being Human[/i] based on her experiences of being the sister to an alumni of Discovery Academy [11]

External Links

Info pages

Community groups

Message boards

References

  1. The area with the two gender separated campuses. The girl campus can be seen using street view unlike the general satellite view, which have old photos
  2. New Perspectives - Apr, 1991 Issue, strugglingteen.com - industry marketing firm
  3. IVY TOWER WON'T BECOME CORRECTIONAL TEEN FACILITY, Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - May 29, 1992 Payment article from Newsbank
  4. 4.0 4.1 program data on NATSAP
  5. 5.0 5.1 Discovery Academy: The Reform School Chronicles (Part 3), Odens Ravins blog
  6. Thread on a myspace group
  7. Employee Pleads Guilty to Attempted Rape at Discovery Academy, Daily Herald - Utah, October 9 2002 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee)
  8. Breaking the chains isn’t easy - Keeping teens in line can rattle any family, by Clive McFarlane, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, March 29 - 2006 (Reprint from Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth - CAFETY)
  9. Mother sues school, says son was assaulted, By Laura Hancock, Deseret Morning News, Published: September 3, 2006
  10. Suit targets Discovery Academy, Deseret Morning News, July 15 - 2007
  11. The ID: The Art of Being Human, (Publisher: Xlibris)
    The Life Ever After (Publisher: PublishAmerica)
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