On Saturday, Colby King wrote another column addressing youth violence and the problems with DYRS. In his column, he spoke for journalists all over—-but especially here in the District—-about all those columns getting zero respect from the people that could actually fix the juvenile justice system. In other words, he’s spilled a lot of ink on a pretty worthy crusade and no one in power seemed to care.
This does not bode well for the rest of us (citizen bloggers, alt-weekly vets, Legal Times interns). King is a big-time powerhouse journalist. His columns are must-reads every Saturday. And he has people who agree with him on this issue (those people all seem to work at D.C. Superior Court).
“After writing about problems in DYRS for more than a year, I believe it is clear that city officials remain satisfied with the agency’s stewardship and direction; otherwise, they would have made changes.
A D.C. Council member told me that my columns about DYRS simply contain ‘anecdotes,’ the same dismissive label that DYRS Director Vincent Schiraldi reportedly applied to my columns in a public forum last year.
So there it is.
Lo, a steady stream of juvenile justice columns over these many months signifies nothing.
I must, therefore, apologize to you, dear readers, for wasting your time…”