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Protesters Stop Traffic In Opposition To Youth Jail

Tyler Merbler

In early 2013, the state of Maryland scrapped plans to build a controversial youth jail in Baltimore to house juveniles charged as adults. The $70 million dollar plan would’ve built a 120-bed facility. But, those opposed to the plan said the state should invest in youth activities, not youth jails. A compromise was reached: the state would renovate an existing facility for $30 million, creating 60 beds.

Earlier this month, the state’s Board of Public Works approved funding for the youth jail. Yesterday, protesters on I-395 clogged traffic in protest of it. Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple led the protests. He joins Sheilah by phone to talk about it.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.