State investigates after Maryland jails caught breaking the law on housing teen inmates

State investigates after Maryland jails caught breaking the law on housing teen inmates

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Jails in Maryland have been caught violating federal and state law in their treatment of teen inmates.

Now the State Department of Education is conducting its own investigation.

FOX45 found teens in solitary confinement, housed among mentally ill adults and deprived of learning.

Crime & Justice reporter Joy Lepola looked into the mental toll these conditions can take and their possible role in fueling more violence.

Celandia LaCruze was about 10 when she posted a YouTube video.

At that point, her mother had already died and her father was locked up.

Just a few months after the video was made, LaCruze went missing for nearly a week.

In April, Baltimore County police released another photo of LaCruze, following the 16-year-old's arrest and the arrest of three other teens in the carjacking of a pregnant Villa Cresta Elementary School teacher in Parkville. Police say the teacher fell to the ground and was punched in the face.

LaCruze's case led FOX45 to Sean Corbett's case. He is a 16-year-old accused of committing burglary and deprived of an education that state law requires.

The teen's public defender filed an official complaint with the Maryland State Department of Education.

A FOX45 investigation found that, in Fiscal Year 2017, about 46 percent of juveniles charged as adults stood trial in juvenile not adult court.


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