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Juvenile Services chief pledges changes on strip-search, shackle policies

Juvenile Services chief pledges changes on strip-search, shackle policies

Maryland Juvenile Services Secretary Sam Abed pledged Thursday to change his department's policies and move to limit the use of strip-searches and shackles on young people held in state facilities.

Abed, speaking at the first meeting of a task force studying the state's treatment of juveniles, said his agency has identified several ways to limit shackling and strip-searches and asked that they be included in the panel's formal recommendations.

"I do think there needs to be change," Abed told the 18-member panel, which includes state lawmakers, advocates for children, public defenders, union representatives, and corrections and juvenile services staff...

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