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Juvenile Delinquency

Unchain Maryland's children

Unchain Maryland's children

Maryland lawmakers are weighing a decision to withhold $1 million from the state's juvenile justice budget as they await answers from the department about the routine use of strip searches and shackles on youths in state custody.

The move is in response to proposed legislation that would prohibit the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) from putting youths under the age of 18 in leg shackles, or other physical restraints, and performing strip-searches. It also prohibits using restraints on pregnant teens, with very few exceptions.

We applaud lawmakers for addressing this troubling and difficult issue head-on. The practice of shackling juveniles indiscriminately, or subjecting...