The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Jails for Children

Oct 10, 2022

Conditions in Baltimore’s youth detention center and Maryland’s two other large juvenile detention centers have worsened in the last two years. The state recently reported rising numbers of disturbing events in these facilities, including more assaults by children against each other and against staff, and more children talking about suicide. The staff resorts to more physical restraining of the children, putting them more often in handcuffs, shackles, and seclusion. Meanwhile a parenting group for young fathers was discontinued and a new music studio has never been used.

The state has been locking up more young people in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George’s County, but has been staffing these jails with fewer workers. Staff are working four and five double shifts a week, which doesn’t help anyone’s temper.

Capitalism offers no future for most working class youth. The Maryland government doesn’t even pretend to give them one.