Maryland lawmakers plan fall hearings on juvenile justice

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | 3:59 p.m. CDT

BALTIMORE — Maryland lawmakers say they plan hearings in the fall on the state Department of Juvenile Services following a report that the agency's only locked treatment center is not rehabilitating some of the most violent youths.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Chairman Brian Frosh told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that the report on the Victor Cullen Center near Sabillasville is among the factors that make a legislative inquiry "timely and urgent."

Maryland's independent juvenile services monitor released its report Monday about a violent assault on Victor Cullen employees in May, followed by an escape of 14 youths.

An advocacy group, the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition, said Wednesday the agency should ask developers of Missouri's widely recognized juvenile justice system for help in programming and staff training and retention.


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