Welcome to two podcasts on the issue of Juvenile Justice.
When the Baltimore Sun reported that teachers at Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center had approached Governor O’Malley in March complaining that the Center was out of control, reform advocates weren’t especially surprised. The Center, which houses teenage boys charged with theft, drug dealing, and assault, has been troubled since it opened in October 2003. From Justice Department investigations to chronic understaffing, the Center has never become what it was meant to be, a start at reforming the system.
This week Marc sat down with Secretary of Juvenile Services Donald Devore to find out his plans for turning the system around. He also spoke with Ray Cook, a community activist who started working at DJS after meeting Secretary Devore on our show-but who quit in frustration just a few months ago.
Please click on the links below to access the interviews and see our blog for more on juvenile justice and a chance to comment.