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Maryland task force recommends limits to juvenile shackling policies

Maryland task force recommends limits to juvenile shackling policies

A legislative task force on Thursday recommended limiting the situations in which juveniles accused of crimes in Maryland can be bound in restraints, but it stopped short of proposing sweeping reforms that would drastically curtail the controversial practice.

The group of 19 — comprising state legislators, juvenile advocates, public defenders and state Department of Juvenile Services officials — unanimously agreed that youths should not have their hands cuffed and feet shackled while being transported for home visits or being released from state custody.

The panel said the department should not even detain youths under 13 years old. It also agreed that juveniles...

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