TrueCore juvenile facilities have COVID-19 clusters

OKEECHOBEE — According to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Okeechobee Youth Development Center (OYDC) operated by TrueCore Behavioral is currently second in the state for number of juveniles testing positive for COVID-19. As of the DJJ’s June 9 press release, the Palm Beach Youth Academy has more COVID-19 positives among juveniles with 21, […]

TrueCore juveniles accused of attacking staff members

OKEECHOBEE — In September, the Lake Okeechobee News ran a story about a teacher at the TrueCore Youth Correctional Center, who was allegedly battered by two youths, Jerahmeel King, 15, and Jerek Orrand, 16, inmates at the center. The teacher, Al Cole, claimed he had been in his office preparing for a class when the […]

Teacher requests no contact order against student

OKEECHOBEE — The two teens who were charged with battering a teacher at Okeechobee Youth Development Center, run by True Core, on Sept. 9 appeared in court on Tuesday, Oct. 1, before Okeechobee County Judge Michael Heisey. The teens are accused of cornering their teacher in his office and punching him in the face before […]