Recently, OSI-Baltimore’s grantees convinced Maryland policymakers to withhold funding for a new $100 million jail in Baltimore for youth charged as adults while the Department of Public Safety evaluates an alternative option: renovate a vacant correctional facility in Baltimore to temporarily house these youth.
The number of youth charged and held as adults in jail is dropping. Spending millions to build a new jail that will be half empty is wasteful and makes no sense. OSI-Baltimore and its grantees are helping to re-direct public funding towards youth opportunities—such as school, summer jobs and recreation centers—that will keep kids engaged and out of trouble.
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