When DC YouthLink launched in 2010, some called it revolutionary. It aimed to transform teen offenders without locking them up.
From 2010 through 2011, it received more than $14 million in funding.
However, over that period, 15 of its youths were murdered. 15 more were arrested for murder. And of the more than 750 served by the program, just 13 graduated from high school.
In this exclusive ABC 7 I-Team investigation, we shine a light on what went wrong.
Ben Eisler combed through the documents and talked to dozens of sources. We've provided documents and links to each part below.
The StoryPart 1: A city program's deadly failures Part 2: Exciting beginnings, bungled implementation Part 3: A lack of services and accountability Part 4: Charges of cronyism Part 5: The city responds - "We are very proud" Part 6: A call for action
The DocumentsDocument 1: DC YouthLink internal reports Document 2: DC YouthLink expenditures Document 3: Funds paid without documentation