Maryland Reforms Juvenile Probation System with ‘Graduated Responses’ Decision-Making Tool

Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services is developing an objective decision-making tool called a ‘system of graduated responses’ and plans to run a full pilot program in January.

Some Products Aimed at Kids May Be Dangerous, Consumer Group Says

Some toys available on store shelves may be dangerous for kids, according to an annual report recently released by Maryland PIRG, a public-interest organization.

Volunteering at Maryland Food Bank is Expected to Slump After Christmas

Volunteering at the Maryland Food Bank, a hunger-relief organization with headquarters in Baltimore, is expected to slump after Christmas.

Thanksgiving Won’t be a Day Off For All

Not everyone can afford to take the day off on Thanksgiving. Maryland’s Craigslist sites are full of interesting opportunities for those looking to make a profit on Thanksgiving Day. Some, like Lori Queen, a chef from Washington, like to spend the day helping others.

Talking Turkey With Grower of Bourbon Red Heritage Birds

Raising Bourbon Red turkeys for the first time, Lee Swift, 57, owner of Chestnut Springs Farm in Jarrettsville, Maryland, said she’s finding these bratty birds can be a handful. She’s already sent about 50 to the butcher to be sold for Thanksgiving and plans to sell more for Christmas.

Maryland Food Drive Falls Short of Goal in Time of Rising Need

More people in Maryland are in need of food aid, but donations in September decreased compared to the same month last year.

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.