Most Maryland youth offenders are released back into the custody of their parents or family members for supervision and community-based programs. In cases where public safety is an issue, youth offenders are held in secure facilities called detention centers. Maryland has thirteen juvenile detention centers that are locked and secured by fences, locks, and bars. The juvenile offenders are supervised 24/7 in these facilities. Along with rehabilitation, they receive education and life-skills training. Additionally, they have access to mental health, and substance abuse treatment, behavioral and medical services, counseling, dietary programs, and they are allowed to engage in recreational activities.
All the juvenile detention centers in the state of Maryland are run and managed by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice, and they maintain Maryland juvenile inmate records as well. It is not possible to perform a Maryland juvenile detention center inmate search online because juvenile records are kept sealed until adulthood.
Maryland law requires that youth offenders are detained in the least restrictive settings as possible. This is why most go back home with family. In more severe cases, they have secure facilities that hold youth offenders but also provide space for growth and healing. The juvenile detention centers in Maryland include:
According to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice: “Youth in a secure detention facility attend school five days a week for six hours a day year-round. DJS serves two distinct populations of youth in its secure detention facilities: pre-disposition youth and post-disposition youth. Pre-disposition youth are waiting to go to court for their final adjudicatory hearing. Post-disposition youth have already been adjudicated and ordered by a judge to be placed in a treatment program and are waiting for a space to open in a treatment program.”
There are only about 600 youth offenders in detention in the state of Maryland. The median age is 17 years old. The highest number of inmates are Black and then Hispanic.