Protesters Stop Traffic In Opposition To Youth Jail
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.