Youth detention sharply decreased in Maryland and U.S.
Baltimore’s highly regarded Annie E. Casey Foundation just released an exhaustive study of juvenile detention rates across the country. Since 1997, the overall rate of juvenile detention in Maryland has decreased by 46 percent according to the study. Unfortunately, over 7,000 underage youth sentenced as adults under state waiver/certification statutes, are serving hard time in adult prisons across the US. The Casey study also highlights the great disparity in juvenile detention among African American youth.