Juveniles charged as adults potentially face dangerous conditions at detention centers
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WBFF) -- Young females charged as adults held in solitary confinement. We found teens housed inside the Baltimore County Detention Center on the same tier as mentally ill adults. At times, the teens were in general population.
Unlike many of the adults inside the facility, young female detainees have not yet been convicted. In fact, a judge has yet to rule whether their case will even remain in adult court.
Under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, juveniles are expected to be separated through sight and sound in adult facilities. In early August Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender put Baltimore County on notice that conditions within the detention center violated PREA and the Constitution.
We’ve since learned of youth charged as adults being held in the Frederick County Detention who face similar conditions. In Maryland, there are thirty-three crimes that can land a juvenile in the adult system. It’s become a growing population for Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services.
In 2015 Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation requiring juveniles charged as adults to be housed in juvenile facilities pending their transfer hearing, unless the court specifically rules otherwise. Despite local and federal laws, our investigation found male and female juveniles charged as adults in adult facilities facing potentially dangerous conditions.
Baltimore County declined to comment on the current conditions inside the detention. We have yet to hear back from Frederick County.