ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland board has postponed a vote on an $11.7 million contract to allow a juvenile justice facility in Carroll County to double its size from 48 people to 96.

The Board of Public Works decided Wednesday to take up the issue again at its meeting in three weeks to allow more time to consider the proposal.

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The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services is seeking to increase the size of the Silver Oak Academy in order to accelerate placement of youths in treatment programs. Sam Abed, the department’s secretary, says there are 106 youths awaiting placement.

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State Sen. Robert Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, opposed the expansion, at least permanently. He says the state set size limits for the facilities to manage them better.

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