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Department tour of new jail for youths charged as adults

TOWSON, MD – Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer will kick off a media tour of the new Youth  Detention Center in Baltimore on Friday, September 8, 2017.

The $35 million facility will house up to 60 youths – 50 males and 10 females – who have been charged as adults. The facility provides state-of-the-art education, recreation and medical services including dental and behavioral health units.

The building at 926 Greenmount Ave. is the former site of the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit and is already being nationally and internationally recognized for its design and construction. Youths charged as adults were formerly held in the decrepit Baltimore City Detention Center, which was closed by Governor Hogan in August 2015.

The goal of the new facility will be to rehabilitate youths who may return to the streets by providing extensive education and behavioral health programs.

“Though we wish the facility was not necessary, we intend to use it to turn around the lives of troubled youths,” said Moyer, former deputy secretary of the state Department of Juvenile Services. “We must take advantage of the opportunity to put these teens back on the right path by steering them away from a life of crime and incarceration.”