Author: Capital News Service

Treating Md.’s juvenile delinquents at home more effective, less costly than jails, advocates say

The $225 million set aside to build three new jails for juvenile delinquents and improvements to a fourth in Maryland should be spent on community-based treatment instead, a state review panel found. Putting more money into juvenile jails would lead to less effective treatments, according to a report by the Maryland Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit. The budgeted money includes the proposed construction of three new juvenile jails in Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Wicomico County.

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