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Sent Away

It didn’t seem to matter what the teen treatment center did wrong. The state of Utah always gave it another chance. Death. Abuse. Criminal charges. Bizarre punishments. Whistleblowers coming forward. And each time, the place got a pass.

A team of reporters from three news organizations has spent the last year digging into the untold stories of Utah’s massive teen treatment industry. Some 12,000 teenagers struggling with depression, delinquency and other problems have been sent there for help over the last five years. APM Reports, KUER and The Salt Lake Tribune investigate how the government failed to keep all those kids safe.

Episode List
  • The power of speaking out — and of celebrity. Paris Hilton goes public with allegations against Provo Canyon School. And she sparks a movement. Others share their stories. And a lawmaker hears them.Read more: Utah increased oversight of its troubled-teen industry. Has it worked?
  • We take a step back from Integrity House and Havenwood Academy in this episode to explore how Utah became the place to send troubled teens.
  • Even after the police raid Integrity House, the state still doesn't shut it down.
  • A knock at the door. A police raid. An outpouring of allegations. But the case crumbles when the cops learn something they never knew about Daniel Taylor.
  • We learn what it was like to live at Integrity House day after day — what the people who worked there saw, and what the state did when one of them blew the whistle.
  • We learn how hard Utah’s laws make it to shut down a youth treatment facility.
  • Sent Away is a seven-episode series beginning March 8. New episodes every Tuesday.