Violence Up at Baltimore Youth Prison

Violence involving inmates at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center has spiked in recent months, according to data released this week by the state’s juvenile justice monitor. As the Baltimore Sun reports, “In the first three months of the year, there have been 155 youth-on-youth assaults and 28 youth-on-staff assaults at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center–up nearly 40 percent from the same period last year. Use of physical restraints is up 68 percent this year compared with this time last year.”

The news came as little shock to State Senator Bobby Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat, who described the prison as “a very poorly configured monstrosity.” “It’s almost hard to know where to begin, there are so many problems there,” Zirkin told the paper.

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