Juvenile Offenders Caught After Escaping Md. Detention Center

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 28, 2009; 11:48 AM

More than a dozen juvenile offenders escaped last night from a Maryland state detention center in rural Frederick County, but all were apprehended within about two hours, authorities said.

State police were called shortly after 7 p.m. to the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville for the report of a large fight, officials said. They said at least a dozen youths, all males, left the grounds during the melee. The detention center is about 70 miles northwest of the District.

It was not immediately clear how the youths managed to escape, said Tammy Brown, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Juvenile Services.

The 500-acre facility became a reform school for boys in 1965 and was transferred to state control two years later, according to the Maryland Juvenile Services Web site. The center currently houses 48 juvenile offenders, the maximum capacity.

Most of the school's buildings are surrounded by a security fence, according to the Web site.

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