Maryland works to fix racial disparities in juvenile centers

Over the last 10 years, Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services has seen a decline in admissions into its seven detention facilities across the state, but the number of Black children admitted is still disproportionately high.

Maryland looks to revise youth shackling policies

Maryland legislators and juvenile justice advocates are reviewing the state’s policy for placing children in mechanical restraints and studying other states’ laws to form a best practice

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services screening initiatives across state reduce unnecessary detention

Models such as the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the Detention Risk Assessment Instrument aim to eliminate biases — such as race or hometown — when kids are screened for entry to the system.

Detained youth connect with Maryland adjutant general’s story

Maj. Gen. Linda Singh addresses youth from the Department of Juvenile Services, motivating them to turn around their lives.

Picking for purpose: Department of Juvenile Services youth maintain Maryland orchard for a cause

Twenty teen boys scattered across an apple orchard to pick for the needy.

Hogan, Franchot blast state contractor over speaking payments to O’Malley

The Board of Public Works tabled a contract renewal vote with the Environmental Systems Research Institute, over ethical concerns about the company’s speaking contract with former Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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.

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.

DJS Move of Some Girls from Waxter Starting to Show Results

ANNAPOLIS – Treatment and conditions for girls in the juvenile justice system are gradually improving nearly a year after the state separated and moved the most serious offenders, but work remains to be done, according to advocates and state officials.…

New Option for Girls in Juvenile Justice System

For the first time, Baltimore girls going through the juvenile justice system now have an alternative to detention while waiting to be adjudicated – an alternative that’s been available to boys for years.