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Sonja Sohn

A plea for moral imagination [Commentary]

A plea for moral imagination [Commentary]

The public outcry against the proposed construction of a $70-million juvenile jail in Baltimore City over the past several years — and the subsequent halting of that plan — sent a strong message to the governor, as well as juvenile services personnel statewide, that throwing money at the problem of juvenile crime just isn't going to cut it any more.

Study after study has shown that incarcerating youth is not only incredibly costly — running about $80,000 per child per year, according to one estimate — but is actually detrimental to the rehabilitation of delinquent youth. What's more, the overwhelming majority of youth who are locked up are not violent...