Oct 3, 2014

Maryland No. 19 in girls’ well-being

Maryland ranks 19th in the United States for how girls are faring in key social, economic and health issues affecting the 479,066 girls ages 5 to 17 in the state, according to data compiled by the Girl Scout Research Institute. Maryland ranked No. 26 in physical health and safety, 13 in economic well-being, 6 in education, […]

Oct 5, 2011

State will stop commingling girls at Waxter Center

ANNAPOLIS – Committed girls at the troubled Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center in Laurel will be transferred to J. DeWeese Carter Youth Facility on the Eastern Shore by November, according to the Department of Juvenile Services. The move addresses complaints about commingling committed girls with detained girls at Waxter, a violation of state law. Waxter […]

Mar 27, 2011

O’Malley: DJS will work toward parity for girls

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House and Senate took the teeth out of legislation requiring equal services for girls in the juvenile justice system last week, but Annapolis leaders, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, are confident that the new juvenile services secretary, Sam Abed, can reform the department without a legislative mandate. “Our goal is equal services, […]

Feb 21, 2011

Juvenile justice parity may be too pricey to pass

ANNAPOLIS — Like most pieces of legislation being debated this session, a bill mandating equivalent treatment for girls in juvenile justice will likely come down to how much it costs the state. The bill, heard in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday and sponsored by Del. Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery, calls for girls being treated by the […]

Feb 16, 2011

Editorial Advisory Board: Parity now for girls in the juvenile justice system

Last year the General Assembly considered, but did not pass, a bill directing the Department of Juvenile Services to provide the girls it serves with a “range and quality of services substantially equivalent to those offered to males.” We supported that bill last year because there was a significant disparity between services the Department provided […]

Feb 6, 2011

Bill promises parity for girls in juvenile detention

ANNAPOLIS — Legislation mandating that girls in the juvenile justice system receive equal treatment to boys was filed Friday with the support of the women’s caucus. The bill, introduced by Del. Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery, requires that the state “provides females with a range and quality of services and programs substantially equivalent to those offered to […]

Oct 11, 2010

DJS withdraws regs on placement of girls

ANNAPOLIS — The Department of Juvenile Services withdrew proposed regulations last week that would have allowed it to send girls in the justice system away from their families and communities, all while guaranteeing close-to-home services for most male offenders. Wednesday, after reviewing critical comments submitted on behalf of several advocacy organizations, the department backed off. [&helli[...]

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