difficult child called and told me what some counselor told him Monday. This isn't a therapist but a "behavioral counselor", which basicly means the staff person assigned to keep up with his Department of Juvenile Justice paperwork on the unit he lives in, now that he's completed the behavioral requirement for Department of Juvenile Justice (which was an anger management class). Anyway, the Department of Juvenile Justice policy is that a kid has to be free of "moderate" charges for a certain period of time before being released and since difficult child got into that fight at the end of Dec., it would have pushed his release to the end of March. But he said this counselor told him on Monday that he couldn't even go up for release (which means requesting it from his treatment team) until the end of March. That would mean he couldn't possibly get out before the last of April but more likely early May. Something isn't adding up. I don't think he's lied to me about Department of Juvenile Justice stuff since being in there but I'm wondering if he's lieing to me about this being a moderate charge and maybe it was a major instead. That would be dumb because the PO or someone will tell me. It just doesn't add up- I have read the regs myself and the kid is eligible to request release around 30 days before their earliest eligible release date. That is because it takes 4-6 weeks to get packets of info ready and delivered to parties who have to have them 30 days before the actual release. Ok- I'll regroup. In a way this is better than difficult child being home the time of year that has me extremely stressed over how he was going to do. But this release date staying up in the air makes me nuts and the loonger it goes on, the more I wonder if difficult child can ever get out of this system or if he'll just continue to get deeper and deeper into it.