Violence, Crowding Reported In MD Juvenile Units


During surprise visits to Maryland juvenile detention centers, an independent monitor saw a male staff member throw punches at a girl and discovered a facility so crowded that boys were forced to sleep on cots in the bathrooms, reports the Baltimore Sun. The incidents are described in reports issued yesterday by Katherine Perez, who was hired by the administration of Gov. Robert Ehrlich.

Perez describes how she and a colleague saw a male staff member at Waxter Children’s Center in Laurel throw punches at an unruly girl as co-workers tried to restrain him. Out of their sight, the monitors heard the girl yelling and cursing loudly at the male staff member, telling him, “Don’t touch me” and “Get off my stomach,” the report says. The monitors were unable to see where punches landed. The staff member was dismissed for violating department policies.


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