Tag: juvenile services

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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Juvenile Services Department allots $8.5 million for out-of-state placements

The Juvenile Services Department’s so-called “Maryland model” aims to reduce reliance on out-of-state treatment facilities for youth sentenced in juvenile court but has set aside about $8.5 million to send less than a score of them to centers across the U.S. over the next three years. The Board of Public Works last week approved four contracts to send up to 18 youth, ages 6-20 years old, to residential treatment facilities (RTCs) in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas.

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