In an investigation of state oversight of group homes going back a decade, The Sun found that:
Mistreatment of children has gone unpunished.
People with criminal convictions can -- and do -- work at group homes.
Taxpayers' money is often wasted on poor care, denying youths a range of services.
Maryland subsidizes high salaries and perks.
The Sun examined the regulation of care, spending and staffing at 25 companies that ran 120 homes for children. Reporters studied 15,000 pages of inspection reports, case files and other records obtained under the state's Public Information Act and conducted more than 150 interviews.