Md. group recommends downsizing juvenile jail
An independent state watchdog agency is recommending that a juvenile jail near Sabillasville be temporary downsized while the Department of Juvenile Services rethinks its approach.
The Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit of the attorney general's office said in a report Tuesday that the Victor Cullen Center should go from 48 beds to 24, with half reserved for youth with low intelligence.
The agency says the center hasn't developed as planned 21/2 years ago, and changes are needed.
Six staff members were hurt when 14 youths escaped from the center in May during what police called a riot.
Juvenile Services Secretary Donald DeVore said in a written response that his agency is striving to balance public safety with the safety of youth and staff while delivering all needed services.
This post has been updated since it was first published.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post Editors
January 27, 2010; 2:21 PM ET
Categories: Juvenile Justice , Maryland
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