Juvenile Justice

Supreme Court hears arguments on convicted sniper’s life sentences

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether “D.C. sniper” Lee Boyd Malvo’s juvenile life sentences without parole in Virginia violated the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment and thus should not stand. Malvo and his…

Therapy puppies help teens in Maryland juvenile centers

Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services has implemented a pilot puppy therapy program at two of their secure facilities to help resident teens cope with stress and anxiety.

Juvenile detention centers use yoga to teach mindfulness

If not for the guards, this could be any school gym — but the yoga and mindfulness class that’s about to begin serves boys in a secure detention center in Baltimore.

Concerns persist over school system for juvenile offenders

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Various systematic issues within the Maryland’s Juvenile Services Education System have consistently interfered with students receiving instruction at the same quality as that available to pupils in state schools, according to quarterly reports from an independent monitoring unit.

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

Senate Discusses Bill on Funding for After School Programs

The Senate votes preliminary approval for the Maryland Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Program that would fund after-school and summer programs for students in low income schools

Maryland Court of Appeals hearing for Freddie Gray Defendants

Attorneys for the state presented arguments to the state’s highest court about why Baltimore City Police Officer William Porter should be forced to testify against his fellow officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

Bill Would Increase Marriage Age in Maryland

Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary is pushing legislation to increase the minimum marriage age to 18 in Maryland.

Bills Aim To Alter the Process of Selling Structured Settlements

Initiated by the office of the attorney general in September, a study of 171 Maryland cases found that structured settlements worth $21 million in present value were sold for just $6 million.

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.