During three days following Freddie Gray’s funeral, almost 50 children were held despite 39 of them meeting standards for release, public defender office says
A young protestor stands in front of riot Police Monday, April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Almost 50 children were arrested or detained in the three days following the death of Freddie Gray.
At least 49 children were arrested during three days of civil unrest and protest that engulfed Baltimore last week, nearly half of whom were never charged with an offence, the city’s Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has said.
The public defender office stated that all 49, arrested between 27-29 April, were detained for up to 48 hours by the Maryland department of juvenile services (DJS), despite 39 of them meeting standards for release.
Baltimore is part of the Annie E Casey Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative(JDAI), which aims to reduce juvenile detention by measuring an arrested child’s risk level and producing an objective recommendation on whether they should remain detained. The OPD has accused the DJS, tasked with making release recommendations to the juvenile court, of ignoring the JDAI procedures and keeping all 49 children detained.
Read more at: The Guardian