Lost Girls

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A note to a 16-year-old girl who spent four years in the Maryland juvenile justice system. Photo by Amy Davis, courtesy of The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore teen and her mother had been fighting for months. Sometimes the arguments got physical, and one night when the high school freshman came home late from prom dress shopping, she said she decided to shove back. Her mother called the police.

In a matter of minutes, the 14-year-old went from teenager to juvenile delinquent, charged with second-degree assault. Now, the same things she’d done before — not coming home on time, leaving the house without . . .

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