Closing of girls' facility urged -

Full story: Baltimore Sun

The state's primary facility for delinquent girls is so dilapidated and unsafe that it should be closed, according to Maryland's juvenile justice monitor.
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Easy Life

Cockeysville, MD

#1 Sep 15, 2007
Jail is not supposedto be like the Ritz Carlton. Maybe these young girls will think twice before committing another crime.
cathy

Elkton, MD

#2 Sep 15, 2007
Waxters was in bad condition 38 yrs ago when I was there. Same conditions of sleeping out in the hallways only we had a ratty mattress and not a "boat". But I will tell you one thing,after being there just 3 days I never wanted to be put in there again and would have done just about anything not to be. So maybe it does do some good to let kids know what prison may be like.
Daliah

Baltimore, MD

#3 Sep 15, 2007
The children are already being punished for their crimes. They should not have to be subjected to unsanitized condtions that could very well affect their health later in life. After all, they are human.
Marissa

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Sep 15, 2007
Most girls that end up in the juvenile justice system are victims of sexual, physical, and or mental abuse. It's not like they come from fabulous families and decided to throw it away for a prison-like atmosphere. People need to realize that they're committing crimes partly because they were the victims of pretty serious crimes as children.
Momma T

Dover, DE

#5 Sep 15, 2007
Instead of spending millions of dollars on state colleges so that out of state students can attend, the Governor should be concerned about these kids.
well

Alexandria, VA

#6 Sep 15, 2007
If they close this facility, where are these female youth supposed to go? And, when is this supposed to take place? Yes, everything looks good on paper, but think about the people's lives that will be changed by the closure. People who are making these decisions, will not have to deal with the fall out. Yes, living conditions are supposed to be sanitary and adequate. However, this is not the Hilton, it is a dentention center. It is not supposed to be pretty. So, what are you going to do? I work with this population, do you?
One Who Knows

Washington, DC

#7 Sep 17, 2007
i was just reading the previous comments. People don't seem to realize that some of the kids at Waxter have not been found involved in anything as yet. They are awaiting trial, or have difficulties with their families who won't take them home while they're waiting for their cases to be heard. Even if they have been found involved, conditions at Waxter are not conducive to rehabilitation. If we don't want kids to return, provide them with good programs that can help. Don't warehouse them in a dilapidated dump!
virginia gentry

Frederick, MD

#8 Sep 20, 2007
About two years ago, my daughter was in a fight at school,as well as what most people call normal teen behavior. She has since been a resident of the states many facilities. Her behavior warrents rehabilitation and counseling, yet DJS has fought effortlesley to put her into Waxter,Noyes and any other Detention facility they can think of. DJS has also in open court made the statement that they have not matched her ( my daughter) correctly to the facilities, and that they realize her behavior has gotten worse while in their custody. Who exactly is protecting these kids, because it's not the state of Maryland
Parent who knows

Hyattsville, MD

#9 Sep 22, 2007
My daughter is from a two parent family who are both teachers who are grieved that their daughter is part of the DJS syatem. She is defiant and refuses to obey rules in the home, community and at school. She was placed at Waxter's for 4 days while on EM because she was caught with cigarettes. The 2nd time she was placed for a weekend while on EM because she had 4 unexcused tardies from school 1st period and rode home from a court ordered activity with a friend rather than with her parents. DJS thinks this will help her behavior
Parent who knows

Hyattsville, MD

#10 Sep 22, 2007
Our daughter comes from a two parent home of two teachers and we are grieved that she has reached a point that she is involved with DJS. She has been involved in counseling two years and continues to be defiant and not obey rules of the home, community and school. The first time she was placed at Waxter's was for 4 days while she was suspended from school for having cigarettes and she was on EM. The second time she was sent to Waxter's she was again on EM and she had 4 unexcused tardies from school and rode home from a court ordered activity with a friend rather than her parents. DJS thought this would help her behavior. These are the "crimes" she committed to sanction her stay at Waxter's.
terry

United States

#12 Apr 20, 2008
It should be sanitare if anything. it already scary for young grls anyway. worries about hygeine should be the last thing on anyones mind in there. towson Jail is cleaner than that.
Kristen

Capitol Heights, MD

#13 May 21, 2008
I was a resident there this pass summer. Yea the facility is not inthe best shape but the staff really do care adn they are willing to help. They make your stay there not a luxury but a lesson.
makayla

Catonsville, MD

#14 May 21, 2008
waxters in a nasty place..!!!!
George

Oakdale, CT

#15 May 30, 2008
I was in this hell -hole in 1967 for 90 days for being "out of control". It was a boys and girls facility back then. I saw kids getting raped by fellow inmates and the guards would slap us around. I still have nightmares about the place..
mandy

Scottdale, PA

#16 Jun 13, 2008
I was there about 2 yrs. ago and the way they had us living was very nasty. I even got beaten up by one of the staff there, the only good thing that came out of that was I got to go home early. Also, waxters was so bad ever since then I have not done anything to get into trobble again. I still think they shouldnt be able to get away with that we were treated like dogs, and even the teachers thier were threating us on a daily basics about losing our paper work and telling us that we are just kids and we have no rights which is untrue. I think it should be against the law to treat kids like that and I think they should be forced to live in the same way to see how it feels, I still have nightmares to this day!
Balto Dad

Windsor Mill, MD

#17 Jun 13, 2008
The simple solution in 90% of the cases? Don't effing do it. Of course, there are exceptions, and that's where those saying things should be safe and sanitary are 100% correct. I worked juvenile detention for a couple years and you can't guarantee safety for anyone in a place like that. It's such a charged, atypical environment. It's always better to just not be in there. But then again, with some of the homes these kids live in prior to getting locked up, I tend to think they'd have been better off not being born. Chemical castration seems like a better and better idea...
Balto Dad

Windsor Mill, MD

#18 Jun 13, 2008
mandy wrote:
I was there about 2 yrs. ago and the way they had us living was very nasty. I even got beaten up by one of the staff there, the only good thing that came out of that was I got to go home early. Also, waxters was so bad ever since then I have not done anything to get into trobble again. I still think they shouldnt be able to get away with that we were treated like dogs, and even the teachers thier were threating us on a daily basics about losing our paper work and telling us that we are just kids and we have no rights which is untrue. I think it should be against the law to treat kids like that and I think they should be forced to live in the same way to see how it feels, I still have nightmares to this day!
You didn't get beaten up. You lost the fight. Take responsibility.
Babygirl

Brooklyn, MD

#19 Sep 18, 2008
I disagree with all statements about waxters children center I was in and out of there for about 5 years( i kept missing courtdates due to family issues) But i learned alot there especially from my staff they told us how to have structure in our lifes I am now a 20 year old female and i havent been there since about 3 years ago. I did get in trouble while i was in there but they were my only true family Ieven lost one of my staff members for a while cause she was paralyzed in her home life it touched me she was a sweetheart and so was the known mama huddy and ms.mosby even though she would get on us for our wrong doing our staff worked with those that wanted help they never beat me nor did i witness anybody being harmed by any staff thats bullsh*t some of these girls rejected structure and they did things like try to spit on staff and put thier hands on staff but never did i see otherwise i have good memories there I LOVE YOU ALL MY WAXTERS STAFF !!!!!!!!!!MS. CONWAY)
Babygirl

Brooklyn, MD

#20 Sep 18, 2008
Balto Dad wrote:
<quoted text>You didn't get beaten up. You lost the fight. Take responsibility.
This is madness be real about your situation Ive been there to long and never known any staff to do such thing
dosha

La Plata, MD

#21 Sep 19, 2008
i jus left waxters in december 07 from a year long sentence and honestly it wasnt that bad...as an alternative to closing it down the state should just give them money to renovate it, especially because its the only girls facility in maryland. they would save more money renovating it rather then closing it down and building a whole new girls facility

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