By Kaisha Young
Over the last two decades, states across the U.S. — including Maryland — have shifted their approach to juvenile justice. In 2018, the total number of juvenile detention admissions on the lower Eastern Shore dropped 12 percent from the previous year, according to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. While there are many factors that may have contributed to the intake decline, the department’s community-based treatment programs likely played a role. These services have been scientifically proven to reduce recidivism rates at a fraction of the cost of treating a juvenile inside a detention facility.