Good afternoon, my name is Catreeda R. Lloyd, the parent of a child who, at the age of sixteen, was charged as an adult. He spent three months in the DC Department of Corrections without education or other services.
Just to say a few words about my son, while in custody in the DC Jail, he became withdrawn and angry. He began to isolate himself, and then his began to think that individuals in positions of authority had already labeled and stigmatized him.
Immediately following his arrest he began to feel inadequate, unjustly accused, and like everything was crashing down. He began second guessing himself, and wondering whether or not anybody cared. By this time, the courts had assigned him to live with me. During this change and these proceedings, we attempted to adapt and adjust to everything, but things didn’t get any better, my son began acting out. He spent three months in jail. I wasn’t informed that he would be tried as an adult until about two and a half months later.