Metropolitan Transition Center (formerly Maryland Penitentiary), view from lower Forrest St., Baltimore, Maryland, January 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
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.
November 5, 2002
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