Baltimore officials announce the opening of its new 60-bed juvenile detention center.
The $35 million facility at 926 Greenmount Avenue is designed to rehabilitate the city’s troubled youth, by providing behavioral health and extensive education programs.
Officials initially proposed to build a $100 million 230-bed new youth jail. Criticism from juvenile advocates and community members forced officials to reconsider their plans. A second proposal to build a $70 million was also tossed out.
A warning issued by the Department of Justice said the state was violating the law by confining juvenile officers in adult facilities. Plans for the $30 million juvenile facility with 60 beds was approved in 2015.
Correctional officers will work around the clock to monitor security, while nurses will provide medical treatment as needed and dispense medication.