Abuse Allegations Continue at Utah Residential Youth Treatment Facilities
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Abuse Allegations Continue at Utah Residential Youth Treatment Facilities

Ten years after new regulations were adopted, activists say for-profit private care centers are...

Diamond Ranch Academy Shows It’s True Colors
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Diamond Ranch Academy Shows It’s True Colors

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” ~Zora Neale...

Santa Doesn’t Come to DRA
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Santa Doesn’t Come to DRA

4 “No place like DRA for the holidays”...

The Devil’s Ranch
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The Devil’s Ranch

3 “Out in the middle of nowhere… hot, desolate and miserable”...

A Kushy Prison
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A Kushy Prison

2 “We had no choice, we were prisoners.”...

DRA News

  • Diamond Ranch Academy Teacher Faces Child Sexual Abuse/ Exploitation Charges

    Read Full Article Here: The Spectrum Haven Scott, hscott@thespectrum.com4:20 p.m. MDT September 9, 2015 A Cedar City man, whom authorities said was a local science teacher, is now facing serious charges – multiple counts of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor. Chad Ryan Huntsman, 32, was booked into the Iron County Jail on […]

    Posted on 9th Sep 2015 2 comments
  • Teens Call ‘Academy’ a Private Prison

    By JONNY BONNER Read Full Article @ Courthouse News Service SALT LAKE CITY (CN) – A private prison that calls itself an academy locked up teenagers, “sadistically and verbally” beat them down, and forced them to go barefoot in winter, four teens claim in court. Tyler Weber, Tracy Sarno, Janet Yelding and Janaye Kearns sued […]

    Posted on 9th Jul 2015 2 comments
  • Abuse Allegations Continue at Utah Residential Youth Treatment Facilities

    Ten years after new regulations were adopted, activists say for-profit private care centers are rife with problems Read Full Article @ america.aljazeera.com April 21, 2015 5:00AM ET by Justin Higginbottom @justinHhiggin SALT LAKE CITY — One memory stuck out for Spirit-Angel Conley. It was 2012, and at the age of 14 she had made it through […]

    Posted on 9th Jul 2015 1 comment
  • Diamond Ranch Academy Shows It’s True Colors

    “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” ~Zora Neale Hurston~   We here at DRA Survivors are both encouraged and horrified at our recent discovery that Diamond Ranch Academy has set up a website specifically designed to refute the allegations made by survivors on our own website. […]

    Posted on 26th Jan 2014 2 comments
  • Paris Jackson to be sent to Abusive Diamond Ranch Academy

    Earlier in June 2013 Daughter of Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson, attempted suicide by slitting her wrists and overdosing on pills. She is currently being treated at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. According to Paris, she is fine and ready to return home however her mother Debbie Rowe and her Grandmother fear that her […]

    Posted on 9th Jul 2013 15 comments
  • DRA Survivors Utah DHS Licensing Office Complaint

    To: ‘KRANDERSON@utah.gov’ CC: ‘kstettler@utah.gov’ From: ‘admin@drasurvivors.com’   Utah Department of Human Services Office of Licensing   Agent: Kelly Anderson,   I am writing you today as a representative of the former clients of Diamond Ranch Academy currently located in Hurricane, Utah. As you may know, DRA has recently built a new campus and as of […]

    Posted on 5th May 2013 1 comment
  • Dr Drew Endorses Diamond Ranch Academy

    On Feb 20th 2012, Dr. Drew Pinsky, a popular drug rehab specialist, producer, radio show personality and “doctor to the stars” (as seen on Celebrity Rehab) ran a show on his program Life Changers about a mother who gave her son an unusual punishment for his behavior; She made him stand out on the street corner […]

    Posted on 17th Aug 2012 2 comments
  • RIP James “Jim” Shirey

    James Richard “Jim” Shirey Date of Birth: June 07, 1994 Date of Death: January 10, 2009 Country of Birth: United States Place of Birth: San Diego, CA Place of Death: Diamond Ranch Academy in Hurricane, Utah James’ Memorial Page “The last time we were together, January 3, 2009, as we waited for his plane at […]

    Posted on 17th Aug 2012 8 comments

Survivor Testimony

  • DRA Survivor Statement: Horrible Place.

    DECLARATION UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY PURSUANT TO 28 USCA 1746 I, Travis H. declare and state as follows: Period of Internment (MM/YY to MM/YY)     02/06 to 11/06 Declarative Statement     Horrible place. Website was all b.s. schooling was less than adequate. Some of the staff were nice, mostly the lower paid ones […]

    Posted on 25th Nov 2015 0 comments
  • r/TroubledTeens: Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Speaks Out

    r/TroubledTeens: Diamond Ranch Academy [–]isabellabee[S] “Hi my names Bella and i’m a “survivor” of a “therapeutic boarding school.” The name is Diamond Ranch Academy. I’ve been out for over a year now and not a day goes by that i don’t think about that horrifying, degrading, detrimental place. It kills me knowing there’s kids still […]

    Posted on 9th Sep 2015 0 comments
  • DRA Survey – Bella (2013)

    Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Bella Date of Submission: 8/24/15 Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – Yes. Age and year of admittance – 14, 2013 How long was your stay at D.R.A.? – seven and a half months How long have you been back home? – a little over a […]

    Posted on 9th Sep 2015 0 comments
  • DRA Survey – Devyn S. (2009)

    Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Devyn S. Date of Submission: 08-23-15 Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – Please contact me with further information. Age and year of admittance – I was 16 years old in the year of 2009. How long was your stay at D.R.A.? – 7 months How […]

    Posted on 8th Sep 2015 0 comments
  • DRA Survey – Michael B.

    Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Michael B. Date of Submission: 08-01-15 Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – No. Age and year of admittance – 18, admitted in 2013 returned (forced) in 2014 How long was your stay at D.R.A.? – A total of almost 19 month How long have you […]

    Posted on 5th Aug 2015 0 comments
  • DRA Survivor Testimony – Luke B

    DECLARATION UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY PURSUANT TO 28 USCA 1746 I, Luke B declare and state as follows: Period of Internment (MM/YY to MM/YY) (02/13 to 06/13) Declarative Statement I was at Diamond Ranch for 4 month (2/13 to 6/14). I’d say only about 3% (if that) actually “seek” help for their problems. The author […]

    Posted on 18th Jun 2015 0 comments
  • Survivor Statement – Spectacle

    Period of Internment (MM/YY to MM/YY) Early 2012 – Mid 2013 Declarative Statement Diamond Ranch Academy. The place that was raised up by manipulative, heartless, money-craving bastards. An earlier statement made by one of our own had said that he had refused to take his pill and go restrained. Myself having been there for close […]

    Posted on 18th Jun 2015 0 comments
  • Survivor Testimony – Mason R

    I went to DRA for 9 months. After my best friend died when i was 16, i refused to get a psychiatric evaluation, and got placed in a impatient mental facility, simply because i didn’t want to talk to a Psych.. I resisted authority while in the Psych Unit, having to be restrained many times, […]

    Posted on 18th Jun 2015 0 comments