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There’s One Issue Gansler Says We Won’t Have to Worry About if He’s Elected Governor

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Doug Gansler
Doug Gansler

State Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has signed a pledge not to spend any money building a Baltimore youth jail if he is elected governor.

It’s nice to know, but a little late for a vow on the subject. The prospect of a Baltimore youth jail loomed large in 2012, but after it started to look hopelessly unnecessary and counterproductive from just about every angle, plans were indefinitely scrapped in January of last year in favor of sending more juvenile offenders to treatment programs. So the whole thing seems like kind of a done deal.

Baltimore Youth Jail Will Not Be — State Shifts Approach to Teen Crime

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For now, this empty lot is going to stay that way.
For now, this empty lot is going to stay that way.

The ever-looming Baltimore youth jail — which was to hold juveniles charged as adults — is not going to be built after all. The state, if it gets the approval of the General Assembly, will instead spend $73 million sending more juvenile offenders to treatment programs, more or less per the May 2011 recommendation of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. A facility will still be set up dedicated to holding juveniles charged with violent crimes, but the state plans to “renovate a smaller facility” for that.

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