Baltimore Sun: Report Says Trying Juveniles as Adults is Counterproductive
Group emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment.
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun
12:01 a.m. EDT, October 4, 2010
When he was 16, Haymond Burton hit a man over the head twice with a bottle. He says it was in self defense, but prosecutors charged him with attempted murder, which meant he would be tried as an adult under state law.
He was put in a Baltimore jail, in a separate wing for minor defendants, and waited more than a year for his trial, at which a jury acquitted him of all charges but second-degree assault — a crime that's usually dealt with in juvenile court. He was sentenced to five years' incarceration, spending his days among adults with long-term sentences and seemingly little to lose.