CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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    [photo, Metropolitan Transition Center (formerly Maryland Penitentiary), from lower Forrest St., Baltimore, Maryland] Persons convicted of a crime in Maryland may be sentenced to imprisonment in a State correctional facility. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services operates 26 correctional facilites, as well as the Patuxent Institution (providing specialized treatment), the Central Booking and Intake Center, and the Baltimore City Detention Center.

    Metropolitan Transition Center (formerly Maryland Penitentiary), view from lower Forrest St., Baltimore, Maryland, January 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    As of July 2000, Maryland's inmate population was 23,358. The annual cost per inmate was $20,000.

    The State also administers programs which are sentencing alternatives to imprisonment, including boot camp, home detention, intensive supervision, and day reporting.

    Persons under age 18 who are charged with a crime generally are within the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system. Maryland's juvenile justice system is the responsibility of the Department of Juvenile Justice. The Department provides care and treatment for youths who have broken the law or who are adjudicated a danger to themselves or others. For young offenders, the least restrictive setting is preferred, but for serious and chronic offenders, secure institutional detention is a viable sentencing option.

    For certain crimes, youths may be tried and sentenced as adults. As of July 2000, some 87 individuals under age 18 were inmates in a State correctional facility for adult offenders.

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