Protesters To March Against Baltimore Youth Jail

BALTIMORE (AP) — Protesters plan to march in Baltimore against a proposed youth detention center.

The march is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Baltimore City Detention Center and end at the National Academy Foundation High School.

The protesters are calling for more investment in schools, housing, vocational and recreational centers, and youth jobs programs as well as an end to funding for the proposed jail for youths charged as adults. Organizers say the march is one of a number of events being held nationwide in observance of National Youth Justice Awareness Month.

A report issued last year that was critical of state proposal. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency found forecasts of youth population and arrests were done in 2007 and did not account for changes since then.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Brian C. Crea

    Just send them to adult prisons, that is where they will end up. This way they will not likely make it through to adult hood or parole. The bleeding hart liberals care for these young criminals, even while they rob or kill.

  • Look More Closely

    “more investment in schools, housing, vocational and recreational centers, and youth jobs programs”

    Why don’t we just “call a spade a spade” and correctly identify the source of the problem?

    The investment needs to be made to better “parenting” of these youths.

    With the proper support, direction, and instillment of moral values, any child can grow to become a productive member of society.

    What chance of benefit will any programs offer, if the Baltimore youths are not taught to value the chance of benefitting from anything more than crime?

    I give the protesters an “A” for caring. However, they have clearly failed to identify the source of the problem.

  • sheriff

    These juveniles are adult criminals in waiting. Instead of spending the money building detention centers, the monies would be best served to track down the deadbeat dads, incarcerate the irresponsible mom’s & put these childen in a trade school campus type enviornment & see to it they learn a skill insted of selling drugs & ripping off Whitey.

  • Really?

    The govt is suppoesed to beileve that the youth will succeed. They have enough people doubting them as is. Now the government. These kids need someone to believe in them, believe that their dreams can become realities not that their future is a prison cell. They are already setting a negative tone for these kids’ future. Is that really what we want to teach our kids? That they are going to end up in jail so we are building them now and not “hey this is not where you want to end up, go the other direction”. Its like we expect them to end up here. Is that the kind of faith that we have in our kids. Kudos goes out to the protestors, we need to make our voices heard.

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