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Monday, March 25, 2019

DCS reviewing its pass policy
The Department of Children’s Services is re-evaluating its policies after police say a 16-year-old with a violent history was released from custody on a weekend home pass, never returned and then shot a man at a gas station. Home passes are designed to give juvenile offenders in custody time to ease into outside life, with therapy and support from experts. But the shooting earlier this month highlights potential risks in the system. Police said 16-year-old David Earl Mays was trying to carjack a driver filling his tank at a gas station when he opened fire, hitting the victim in the torso. The victim required multiple surgeries. Mays was released on a weekend pass despite the fact that he had a history of arrests linked with gun crimes and showed violent behavior in the weeks before he was released from DCS custody. Police said Mays was well known to the department, pointing out that he was arrested in July and charged with robbing two men at gunpoint and stealing their cars and belongings. After Mays was charged in the shooting, Nashville prosecutors said they want to try him as an adult.

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