NEW CASTLE —
Although he likes Jordan’s current location, George Junior Republic in Grove City, Brown said the teen is being held back.
Jordan enjoys basketball but cannot make the school’s team because he cannot leave the campus for away games, his father noted. And for the same reason, he can’t sign up for track this spring.
“He has good grades and is not a behavioral problem. They say he’s not an escape risk and is respectful, but he remains in a restricted unit and is denied off-campus visits.”
Brown said he would love to get a pass to take his son to a movie or for an overnight visit. Other residents earn this privilege in three months, he pointed out.
“Jordan’s been there nine months and has done nothing wrong.”
“They handle him differently than other (residents). They say they’re concerned about what could happen if he comes home.”
Brown said he remains Jordan’s number one advocate.
“He’s my son. I believe in him and I believe that he is innocent.”
Brown said he was further frustrated after being told Jordan cannot leave the school because he does not have a safe home to be released to.
“They said it is a detriment to his welfare to be placed with his father, that I’m a problem,” Brown said.
“There is no evidence to support this,” he continued. “I raised Jordan on my own since he was a baby. I have provided for him, met his needs, never abused him.”
He added the department of corrections “has hired me to provide care, custody and control of adult inmates. The commonwealth trusts me but the system does not?”
Through all that has happened, Brown said, “Jordan remains cautiously optimistic that the truth will come out and the court will make the right decision and do the right thing. But we’ve had a lot of disappointments.”