City Paper is not for tourists
This morning Marc Fisher wrote about the struggles of Vincent Schiraldi to change the culture of Oak Hill, the District’s youth detention center in Laurel, Md. It was classic Fisher—-a finely told tale with some nice wit and a sharp point of view. It didn’t really get a rise from me, though, till the very end, when the columnist revealed the following:
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is planning to give Oak Hill kids puppies to engender empathy and responsibility. Hey, it’s worth a try.
Sorry, but count me among those who don’t favor sending puppies to Oak Hill. Puppies are incredibly high-maintenance; Oak Hill staff is already busy with all kinds of responsibilities. Puppies are very messy; who’s going to clean up their messes? Puppies have to be house-trained (facility-trained?); does Oak Hill allow the freedom of movement necessary to accomplish such training?
I favor the more humane approach of Schiraldi to dealing with D.C.’s troubled youth, but I must confess that I worry for the puppies.