Posted On: May 16, 2011

Maryland Works to Comply With Federal Rules for Imprisoned Minors

The federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, or JJDPA, tries to protect young people by requiring officials to avoid holding them in the same jail or prison as adults. The law prohibits states from keeping young people in the same jail or prison as adults for more than six hours (or 24 hours in rural areas), whether they are waiting to see a judge, to be “booked,” or are serving a sentence after being convicted. The purpose of the JJDPA is to prevent minors, or juveniles, from dangers like abuse or suicide, which are more likely to occur if imprisoned alongside adults.

In the past several years, however, Maryland jails and prisons have violated the JJDPA requirement several times, according to The Daily Record. In 2009, for example, 287 separate violations occurred, in which young people were kept in adult facilities for more than six hours.

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Posted On: May 9, 2011

Despite Crime Rates Dropping, Baltimore Remains in the “Top 5”

Baltimore is still one of the top five cities in the U.S. when it comes to murder rates, according to The Baltimore Sun. The information comes from a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In general, the rate of violent crimes dropped nationwide last year, and Baltimore was no exception. Overall, violent crimes went down 5.5 percent in 2010 as compared with 2009, while crimes involving property were down 2.8 percent. Baltimore also saw lowered crime rates: violent crimes in the city dropped 3.6 percent, and property crimes went down 3 percent. However, despite the decrease in crime, Baltimore still maintained the fifth-highest murder rate in the country last year behind New Orleans, Flint (Michigan), St. Louis, and Detroit.

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Posted On: May 2, 2011

St. Mary's County Kicks Off Summer DUI Patrols

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office begins its summer DUI patrols this week, according to a recent article on TheBayNet.com. During the summer months, sheriff’s deputies will conduct increased patrols, known as “saturation patrols,” as well as increased DUI checkpoint locations.

The purpose of the increased patrols, according to the sheriff’s office, is to decrease the number of accidents and injuries caused by drunk driving. Summer means more driver’s education students on the road, many of whom have not yet learned to make the best choices to avoid a Maryland car accident. Summer also means more pedestrians and bicyclists on the roads. Cracking down on drunk drivers will help protect all those who are out on the roads in summer, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

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