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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.