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Posted at 7:49 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Md. sees drop in youth facility assaults

By The Associated Press

Maryland juvenile services officials are seeing a drop in assaults by youth at facilities around the state.

Department of Juvenile Services officials say they've seen an 28 percent drop in assaults on staff by youth at the facilities and a 43 percent drop at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center alone.

They've also seen a 8 percent reduction in assaults on other youth statewide. That includes a 46 percent reduction at BCJJC, which was released from federal oversight in August.

In a report on the third quarter, the Attorney General's Office's Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit notes a nearly 80 percent reduction in serious group disturbances at BCJJC and other incidents involving aggression.

The unit credits positive changes such as more programing for youth and the creation of a unit for youth involved in aggressive incidents.

By The Associated Press  | December 15, 2010; 7:49 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore, Juvenile Justice, Maryland  
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Not much detail here...So are they counting assaults the same way as before or does a shift in what constitutes and assault account for the difference? Of course after the murder of a teacher at the Cheltenham facility by a young criminal being held there,there couldn't be any pressure on officials to under report assaults...or could there?

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 15, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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