Youth Program Eligibility

Patuxent Institution's Youth Program was established by the legislature in 1994 in response to the increasing number of violent juvenile offenders who have been waived to adult criminal courts.

Eligibility criteria for the Patuxent Institution Youth Program are similar to the Eligible Person Program. The offender must:

  • Have an intellectual impairment or emotional imbalance;
  • Be likely to respond favorably to the programs and services provided at Patuxent Institution, and
  • Be better able to respond to remediation through Patuxent Institution's programs and services than by other incarceration. See COMAR (Code of Maryland Regulations) 12.12.

The offender must be referred to the Institution by the court at the time of sentencing. Only youthful offenders who are younger than 21 years old at the time of the referral, and who have a sentence of three years or more, can be referred for evaluation. See Correctional Services Article, Section 4-401(c) of the Maryland Annotated Code.

The primary focus of the program is developmental, with the goal of assisting the youthful offenders in their transition to viable adult development. The program is staff-intensive and requires increased direct contact and monitoring of the youthful offenders.

Once a youthful offender is accepted into the Patuxent Institution Youth Program, the youth remains in the program until either he or she:

  1. Is paroled by the Institutional Board of Review with the approval of the Secretary;
  2. Has completed the term of imprisonment, or
  3. Is transferred by the Director of Patuxent Institution to the Division of Correction.

The program is not voluntary.

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