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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

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 27, 2010; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Juvenile Justice , Maryland  
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Why would anyone recommend halving the capacity of a facility for juvenile offenders when all the other facilities in the state are struggling with being over-crowded? Where are you going to send the extra predators?

Or should they be set free just so we can have a kinder, gentler facility for the other 24 thugs?

Incarceration is the ultimate zero sum game.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | January 27, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Talk about liberal thinkers.....I suppose they are going to release all the bad little boys and save money. ALL states are far too lenient on juvenile crime. If you give them a hard enough scare the first time,they will think twice. Give them another chance and they will laugh at you thinking (as normal) that they wont get caught again.
Lock them up !!!!!!!why should the ghood folk live in fear of these gangbangers.

Posted by: captgrumpy | February 2, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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