Philip Merrill College of Journalism


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Program Teaches Delinquent Youth Job Skills
Program Teaches Delinquent Youth Job Skills

Rehabilitation – that is the goal of the Department of Juvenile Services. But when delinquent youths leave state custody, they lack job skills and education – and are returning to their old neighborhoods, where they risk getting in trouble all over again. Read more…

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Baltimore Police Major Determined to Make an Impression
Baltimore Police Major Determined to Make an Impression

On the lowest level of the Baltimore City Juvenile Detention Center, below the courtrooms, offices, and judges’ chambers, two Baltimore teenagers sit alone in holding cells, waiting to learn their fate. Read more…

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Public Defender 'Educates' Youth on Cost of Crime
Public Defender ‘Educates’ Youth on Cost of Crime

Mark Friedenthal is sitting across from a 15-year-old who is being held at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center.

The teen was arrested driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee. He doesn’t have a driver’s license. He said he bought the car from a man on the street. For $25. Read more…

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Baltimore Woman Finds Way to Reach Detained Youth
Baltimore Woman Finds Way to Reach Detained Youth

The tall teenager looked down at his paper, then asked: “What else should I put on there to show my mother that I love her?”

“I like smiley faces,” Jessica Turral replied. “You don’t like that? Well, we can do a poem. Let me think of something.” Read more…

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Young Man Awaits Fate as he Transitions to Adult System
Young Man Awaits Fate as he Transitions to Adult System

He’s in the adult system now. Tyrone, an East Baltimore teenager arrested twice as a juvenile on charges of selling marijuana, sits in jail, awaiting trial on charges of dealing heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Read more…