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Treating Maryland’s Juvenile Delinquents at Home More Effective, Less Costly Than Jails, Advocates Say

Treating Maryland’s Juvenile Delinquents at Home More Effective, Less Costly Than Jails, Advocates Say

Hundreds of millions of dollars set aside to build jails for juvenile delinquents in Maryland should be spent on community-based treatment programs for youth, according to a state review panel that tracks the needs of children under the Department of Juvenile Services. These community-based programs are cheaper to run and can help reduce re-incarceration rates in some youth offenders, studies show.

Sen. Cardin Holds Briefing with Civil Rights Leaders on Racial Profiling Bill

Sen. Cardin Holds Briefing with Civil Rights Leaders on Racial Profiling Bill

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin convenes with civil rights leaders to talk about the End Racial Profiling Act.

Defendants Who Fail to Come to Court Burden Maryland Judicial System

Defendants Who Fail to Come to Court Burden Maryland Judicial System

Maryland court employees and sheriff deputies have increased duties when individuals fail to appear during scheduled court cases.

Rise In Suicidal Behavior At Waxter Girls’ Detention Center

Rise In Suicidal Behavior At Waxter Girls’ Detention Center

The Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit’s 2013 annual report indicated a 56 percent spike in suicide ideation and attempts from youth serving time at Waxter.

Gubernatorial Candidates Run The Gamut On Views About Marijuana

Gubernatorial Candidates Run The Gamut On Views About Marijuana

The seven major candidates vying to replace Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2015 expressed a broad range of views on marijuana decriminalization and legalization.

Maryland Drivers Charged with Cellphone Usage Triples

Maryland Drivers Charged with Cellphone Usage Triples

In the six months since the Maryland law banning cellphone usage while driving became more strict, the number of drivers ticketed has more than tripled. Monday, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a law allowing stricter penalties for drivers who cause a serious or fatal crash while using a phone or texting.

Baltimore Group Home Helps Troubled Teen Boys Prepare For Brighter Futures

Baltimore Group Home Helps Troubled Teen Boys Prepare For Brighter Futures

One Love Group Home provides structure and and access to resources to help teen boys plan for life after juvenile detention.

Legislation Nullifies Court’s Ruling On Dangerous Dogs

Legislation Nullifies Court’s Ruling On Dangerous Dogs

Since 2012, dog bites by pit bulls could bring harsher penalties on landlords, owners and the dogs themselves than bites from other breeds. But with the governor's signature, that will change.

Transgender Rights Bill Awaits Final Vote in House

Transgender Rights Bill Awaits Final Vote in House

A transgender rights bill passed through the Senate. But will it pass through the House? The House will issue a final vote on the proposed measure in just a few days.

Legalization Bill Would Wipe Slate Clean For Some Past Offenders

Legalization Bill Would Wipe Slate Clean For Some Past Offenders

The legalization bill before Maryland lawmakers delves into an area left untouched by the laws in Colorado and Washington, where legalization has created a paradoxical scenario for people dealing with the consequences of having once been convicted of an offense that is no longer against the law.