Weekly Youth Commitment Statistics
TOTAL DJS COMMITMENT CAPACITY
TOTAL DJS IN-STATE COMMITMENTS
TOTAL DJS OUT-OF-STATE COMMITMENTS
Currently the Department of Juvenile Services has requested and received money to build a new youth hardware secure facility in Baltimore City. Advocates for Children and Youth believe that there are better ways to treat youth in conflict with the law. Delinquent youth are best rehabilitated in their communities and with their families. Creating another youth facility moves away from what data and research tells us what works. The rehabilitative approach isn’t only what’s best for the youth, but it also lowers the chance that a youth will recommit a crime later in life making society as a whole better off.
What is a commitment? A commitment is an out-of-home placement. This means that a youth has been found delinquent in a Maryland court, and that court has decided that the youth needs to be sent to facility away from their home where they will live while receiving treatment.
Why are youth sent out of state? Although Maryland already has nine committed facilities, not all youth can be treated in these facilities. Those youth are then placed away from their families—out-of-state—to receive their treatment.
Will this proposed facility bring youth back to Maryland? In short, no. The proposed facility, at this moment, will take youth that are already accepted by other facilities in Maryland.