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Pontiac While incarcerated, Ethan Curmbley, accused of the Oxford High School shootings, was allowed visitors and provided health care and services available to all other prisoners, according to prison officials.

But the 15-year-old spent most of the time in his one-man cell.

Kermbli was arrested on November 30 after killing four of his colleagues and wounding six others and a teacher. He has pleaded not guilty to 24 criminal offenses, including terrorism and first degree murder.

After a day in the Children’s Village Children’s Detention Center, Crumbley was transferred to the Oakland County Jail by order of a judge.

There is still no support pending Wednesday’s status hearing and Friday’s hearing before Oakland Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe. Crumpley’s lawyers sought to move him to the Children’s Village, which they said was a more suitable facility for their client. The district judge agreed with the prosecutors that he should be imprisoned.

Crumpley’s usual day in the Oakland County Jail begins around 5 a.m. when he’s offered a tray of breakfast to eat in his cell, Oakland County Jail’s Curtis D. Childs said. He said the lunch tray is delivered between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and dinner at 4 p.m.

Prison officials said last week that Crumpley remains under close, around-the-clock surveillance by the Oakland County sheriff’s deputy. The only time he’s allowed out of his cell is to shower daily, take a phone call, or make virtual visits, primarily via Zoom.

“He’s kept in one cell and isolated from his other colleagues,” Childs said. “He is not suicidal. He is on constant watch.”

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Ethan’s visitors

Because it is a minor, information about its visitors is limited. Prison officials said Krampley had nothing but his lawyer and was “consulting daily” with mental health professionals via Zoom. Zoom sessions with attorneys and guardians are done by an approved appointment.

He also meets regularly with his assigned caseworker and through Zoom with his attorney and guardian Deborah McElvey. All declined to comment on Krumbly.

Crumbly is usually offered entertainment within the prison entertainment schedule, but has been paused due to COVID-19 protocols.

He is provided professional care by the staff, like any other guest, and he is allowed to use the guest’s tablet system, which contains movies, games and books. It also has an educational website, Khan Academy, an American non-profit organization created in 2008 with online tools to help educate students through training videos and exercises. He also has access to a TV.

While his activities are not monitored, he has been instructed that he should not have expectations about privacy.

“The plans to provide him with continuing education are well under way,” Childs said, adding that while Crombley can email others and receive emails, he doesn’t have access to Internet searches.

At Children’s Village, he will receive academic services through the Waterford School District. The K-12 school program provides a wide range of educational services directed by Waterford teachers and staff.

All courses are fully accredited by North Central Colleges and Universities and may be transferred to local school districts. Students receive instruction in core subjects, in line with the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Elective courses include music, physical education, arts, business, and everyday life skills. Students also have access to online credit recovery during the school day and/or after school.

Like other young adults, Curmbley at the Children’s Village will be supervised by young professionals who work in direct care and receive extensive training, according to the county’s website.

In Crombley’s case, parent visits in prison are not an option. Both parents, James and Jennifer Curmbley, are also imprisoned in Oakland County Jail instead of Bond, each charged with four counts of manslaughter in the Oxford death of buying a handgun for their son as a Christmas gift, allegedly failing to secure the weapon properly or alert officials to the danger it posed. .

A meeting with relevant school officials on November 30 – the morning of the shooting – was about the teenager’s drawings of a gun with a body on the floor and the phrase “I can’t stop thoughts. Help me.” His behavior, including searching for ammunition online in class, was discussed with his parents, who rejected the school’s advice to keep him away from school that day and advise him. Instead, the teen was allowed to return to class before the shooting.

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Event experts appreciate

It’s not clear if Ethan Crumbly will have fewer restrictions at Children’s Village, where juvenile suspects are usually housed. But some experts familiar with the event system in and out of Michigan say the main difference will be interaction with peers, counseling and the potential for educational opportunities.

“In Children’s Village, he was theoretically mingling more with others of his age – rather than being alone,” said attorney Stephen Lynch, who spent 13 years in the attorney general’s office, including two years as head of the juvenile department.

“You have conflicting interests here,” Lynch said of Cromble. “This is a young man accused of very serious crimes and concerns about the safety of others in the Children’s Village and also himself. It is a different facility than a prison – more open – and has different needs. I am not sure they have enough staff to handle things as well as in prison.

Of course, there’s a general chance life will return to normal for a village teenager who won’t find him in prison. But for the safety of the child and others, perhaps the prison is the best place for him at this time.”

Paul Elam, chief strategic officer at the Michigan Institute of Public Health, is a member of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Juvenile Justice Task Force and is Michigan’s compliance monitor responsible for ensuring that the state complies with federal laws regarding juvenile incarceration.

“We don’t like locking children up in adult facilities for a number of reasons, but most importantly, it’s not best practice. It’s not in the best interest of juveniles,” Elam said.

Elam said there are exceptions when juveniles do not comply with the rules in juvenile detention centers and when they are awaiting trial. But he said it should only be done in the short term, even if it is isolated from the general population.

“The adult facilities are not for treatment but are meticulously designed for safety,” Elam said. The juvenile will not receive appropriate treatment, services, or education there. There is no need for that to happen during their detention.”

Jennifer Beck, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Central Florida, has done extensive research on juvenile justice issues and said there is discrimination in juvenile and adult confinement.

“If he’s brought into a juvenile home, it’s possible he could still be isolated anyway,” Beck said. Ideally, there would be more rehabilitation programs such as education, mental health programs, and treatment of aggression issues. And more guidance.

“But it is also possible that he receives some of these services (in prison),” she noted. “Education is difficult because it involves school services. The nature of the charges against him and the seriousness of his personal safety needs must be taken into account.

“Any kind of safe confinement has consequences – a juvenile or adult facility – but the safety of young people and the general public is the main consideration.”

Camille Gibson, interim dean of the College of Juvenile Justice at Prairie View A&M in Texas, said Michigan authorities must have a strong belief that Crombley is a danger.

Gibson said that since separating Crumble from adult inmates reduces predation concern, federal and international practices call for separating sight and sound exposure from inmates 18 and older. Crumbly was housed in this way, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

“With juveniles, there is always hope that rehabilitation can be possible with appropriate services and counselling,” Gibson said. “But if he is charged as an adult, he should be treated as an adult.”

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