Nightline story I worked on out tonight: Fund suicide prevention programs for teens or teach them Golf?

abc-bush-scandal.jpg A story I worked on with ABC chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross and producers Anna Schecter and Maddie Sauer was broadcast tonight on Nightline.

I don’t have a link to the video yet, but will post one when it is put online probably tomorrow. I also have an online story that will be posted tomorrow morning, that I worked on Brian and Anna.

The story is about a quarter of a billion program run out of an obscure office in the Department of Justice known as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. That office is supposed to fund these like training for corrections officers to prevent locked up kids from being sexually abused or harmed. One of its primary missions of OJJDP is also supposed to fund efforts to remove kids from adult jails– where the kids not only are sexually assaulted, beaten and killed by adult inmates, but kids are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than when they are jailed with other juveniles.

So where is the funding going instead? Golf. The World Golf Association got a $500,000 grant from OJJDP to promote golf. The administrator of OJJDP, J. Robert Flores, explained the grant to ABC this way:

“We need something really attractive to engage the gangs and the street kids.”

Reasonable people can differ perhaps whether government funds should be used to promote golf instead of preventing teenage suicide, but as the Nightline segment made clear, the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee program ranked 47th on a list of a list of 104 potential applicants. Dozens of juvenile justice groups that were ranked better received no funding at all.

For what it is worth, the honorary chairman of the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee program is former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

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7 Responses to Nightline story I worked on out tonight: Fund suicide prevention programs for teens or teach them Golf?

  1. Becca says:

    Just watched the video on ABC’s site. Having worked with at-risk youths, and kids already incarcerated, I full understand the consequences of losing funding.

    These people have my utmost respect, and admiration for finally speaking up to this gross injustice.

    It’s just business as usual for the fake conservatives in Washington. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR THEM REFERRED TO AS CONSERVATIVES, EVER AGAIN.

    Croynism, waste, fraud………and the suffering continues. Heckuva job, FLORES.

  2. mk says:

    Clearly, the lack of outrage proves this is just another day at the office for the bushies.

  3. hug the moon says:

    Mr. Waas. You are one of the few who still seem to be neither a witting or non witting tool of the gov’t. Can’t say the same for Brian Ross, He seems to have been used on several occassions.

    With this in mind, PLEASE do a piece regarding the Pentagon footage of the 911 attacks. This is the achilles heal if the gov’t story turned out to be false or not entirely true.

    Doesn’t it seem predictable that the same Pentagon Lords who tell Gitmo people to destroy evidance also withhold the public property of these videos? What have your observations led you o believe. All other crisis our country have temmed from the 911 attacks. Let’s stop snapping a towel at the top of the flames and snuff out the base of the fire instead. PLEASE help.

  4. wagonjak says:

    Obviously teaching teens golf is much more important then helping teen delinquents…they’ll all either end up in jail or worse, voting Democratic…

    Now golf…that has possibilities…teach them to be good little Republican robots…

  5. freepatriot says:

    how did repuglitard morality get so screwed up ???

  6. jamato says:

    Welcome back into the blogoshere Murray. You nailed another important story,..

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