– the following article was submitted by 6th District Delegate Bob Long –
The issue of transferring juveniles charged as adults out of Baltimore County detention centers has become a hot topic in the community.
Recently, it was reported that several youths have been held at Baltimore County detention centers for serious crimes such as murder, armed robbery, and carjacking. While some have called for these juveniles to be transferred out of the county, others, including local activist groups, are strongly opposed to such a move.
I do not support the transferring of juveniles charged as adults out of Baltimore County detention centers. I understand that many of these young people have committed serious crimes, but they still deserve to be held accountable for their actions .
Additionally, if we transfer these juveniles to other facilities, it will make Baltimore County look more like Baltimore City, which is not something I believe to be a positive correlation. Furthermore, Baltimore County is not like Baltimore City because of our State’s Attorney office.
We have a dedicated team of prosecutors who work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served for all members of our community, including young offenders. The decision to transfer these juveniles to other facilities would undermine the important work being done by our justice system and could have negative consequences for both the youths and the community. Instead, we must ensure that they are held accountable for their actions in a safe and secure environment, and that the safety and well-being of both the youths and the community are top priorities.
According to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the state currently has 13 juvenile detention centers and 16 residential facilities. However, not all these facilities are equipped to handle serious and violent offenders, which is why some have suggested transferring these youths to other jurisdictions. This is a way to circumvent what Schellenberger and the judges deem necessary to punish juvenile offenders.
Baltimore County officials have yet to decide on whether to transfer these juveniles or keep them in their current detention centers. However, they have assured residents that they are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of both the youths and the community.
In the meantime, concerned citizens continue to voice their opinions on the matter, urging officials to carefully consider the potential consequences of any decision they make. The safety and well-being of both the youths and the community must be the top priority.