In Detention Center, Outbreak Limits Children’s Education

The Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak among both staff and the youth incarcerated there. As of Thursday, at least four of the facility’s 31 youth residents and at least three staff had confirmed cases of COVID-19. As a result, the youth at the detention center have limited opportunities for education,…

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Maryland Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Running Low On Money

The pool of money that pays for Maryland unemployment benefits, the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, is running out of money. As a result, Maryland businesses could be forced to pay more into the fund.  State Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson told a group of lawmakers and community leaders on Thursday that, after paying a “record number…

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Despite ‘Universal Testing’ At Juvenile Detention Centers, Few Have Had COVID-19 Tests

Gov. Larry Hogan announced on May 20 that the state would do “universal testing” for COVID-19 at juvenile detention facilities. But the vast majority of both the youth residents and the staff at these facilities have yet to be tested, and the state Department of Juvenile Services doesn’t expect to finish the first round of tests until…

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State Government Workers Describe Unsafe Working Conditions During Pandemic

The state government employees who process unemployment insurance claims and work in state prisons, juvenile services facilities, hospitals and universities say they lack the resources necessary to do their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.  The workers spoke Tuesday at a virtual meeting of the state House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees. Department of Juvenile Services…

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An Avalanche Of Evictions Is Coming, Advocates Warn

Angel Lopez lost his job as a mechanic in Baltimore when business slowed due to the coronavirus  pandemic. Then his partner lost her part-time job cleaning houses.  Lopez is undocumented, and his partner’s application for asylum is on hold while the courts are closed. As a result, they don’t qualify for unemployment, federal stimulus money,…

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MD Corrections Agency Confirms New COVID-19 Cases, As Advocates Warn Of An Outbreak

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which oversees state prisons and jails and parole and probation services, has confirmed that 17 people have tested positive for COVID-19, including three inmates and four correctional officers. Advocates have warned that prisons, jails and other detention facilities are especially vulnerable to outbreaks of contagious illnesses….

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Coronavirus Sends General Assembly Home Early

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its annual 90-day legislative session on Wednesday, 19 days early as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first time since the Civil War that the legislature cut its time in Annapolis short. “This has been something that I don’t think any of us could have imagined or…

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