Nexus Diversified Community Services, Inc.
What is Nexus?
Nexus is a private, multi-million dollar corporation that owns and
operates juvenile treatment institutions. Onarga Academy and Indian Oaks
Academy are located in Illinois. Gerard Academy and Mille Lacs Academy are in Minnesota.
The Gerard branch of Nexus also owns another
juvenile detention facility in Fairmont, Minnesota. Recently the corporation
appealed to the Fairmont city council's refusal to rezone the facility so that it
could be sold.
According to Nexus:
"The Academy is a highly structured treatment resource that
serves as an alternative to
incarceration for sex offenders. It gives juvenile court judges the
option of rehabilitating those juvenile offenders who appear amenable to
treatment and removes them from
communities in which they would continue to pose a risk. If programs such
as this did not exist, courts would have limited options resulting in more
adolescents remaining a danger in their
communities or serving time in detention or corrections programs not
suited to their individual treatment needs. The Academy's treatment approach
addresses the source of the adolescent's behavior problems and dramatically
reduces the likelihood of future victims
and the accompanying cost of adult incarceration."
These dangerous sex offenders are removed from their
communities where they would continue to pose a risk,
and are placed into ours.