Cimino said in court that she visited a 17-year-old client during the June power outage. Teens, stripped to their underwear because of the heat, had been moved into a large "cage," and some had defecated and urinated in the corner, she said.
Corrections officials said the juveniles had to be moved during the power outage because a backup generator failed, and there was a disturbance among the juveniles.
At hearings, the public defender's office has called on the youths to testify, as well as a social worker who makes regular trips to the facility. The attorneys had witnessed the lack of staffing during client visits and were able to detail them to city judges, but now say the jail has cut off their access to the detention area.
Corrections officials said they were improperly granted access by jail staff.
Meanwhile, France said he's requiring supervisors to document that officers are where they are supposed to be, as well as provide relief so they can take breaks. He maintains that the criticisms are not supported by what he sees. "We welcome anyone to look at these conditions," he said.
Judge Heard, who has listened to more than a dozen cases in recent weeks, said in an interview that she is "satisfied" with recent efforts from the corrections system, after initially having concerns that officials were unaware or indifferent. She met privately with top officials, and corrections staffers have begun sitting in on transfer hearings.
"It's going to take a group effort to come up with a solution," she said.
For Tyrone, who is now 17, his experience at the jail was his first time being locked up, and he says he is determined to make it his last. He was a senior in high school at the time of his arrest, and he is eager to finish school. He's also filling out job applications.
"I want to just move on, leave my life before me in the past," he said. "It ain't worth it."
• Number of juveniles processed in Baltimore by the Department of Juvenile Services in fiscal 2011: 4,854
•Number of juveniles charged as adults in the city in calendar 2012 (as of July 12): 67
•Average daily population of youths charged as adults at Baltimore City Detention Center (as of July): 47
•Average length of pretrial detention for youth charged as adults: 120 days
Sources: Department of Juvenile Services, Baltimore state's attorney's office, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, National Council on Crime and Delinquency