Welcome to the 2019 TUgis Conference. TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference is a cooperative undertaking of three primary partners—Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Maryland Department of Information Technology, and Towson University. TUgis is dedicated to growing and empowering the GIS community throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The annual conference connects the Maryland GIS community to new ideas and trends and offers ample opportunities to find ways to collaborate.
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Thursday, August 8 • 1:51pm - 2:03pm
Site Suitability Analysis for Youth Dormitories in Maryland

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The state of Maryland approved a plan in May 2015 to build a $30 million jail facility to detain teenagers charged with crimes until their trials. The intent of this plan was to remedy the practice of housing young defendants alongside adults. Another more effective alternative would be to use these funds to house young people who might commit crimes in a college dormitory.
A study done by Northeastern University showed a link between high school dropout rates and juvenile crime. If young people are engaged in positive activities such as school, work or mentoring programs, then they will be less likely to conform to negative influences.
A GIS analysis was performed to find three optimal locations in Maryland where a dormitory for young people held for crimes could be built. The optimal locations were based on factors including high dropout rates, access to public transportation and proximity to community colleges.
Based upon the GIS Spatial Analysis with criteria of: 1) most routes via public transportation and 2) within counties with high rate of high school dropouts, the top locations near which to build dormitories are near: Baltimore City Community College - Liberty Campus; Prince George's Community College; and Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury in the Eastern Shore.

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Gabe Creighton

Project Manager, JMT Technology Group
Mr. Gabe Creighton has 16 years of experience providing GIS, data management, and analytical expertise in both the public and private sectors. For the past 6 years, he has supported state, county, and municipal clients in Maryland as a consultant and project manager. He applies analytical... Read More →

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Laura Cutrer

student, Maryland
Laura Cutrer holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from Spelman College. She is currently taking courses in GIS and Data Science.

Thursday August 8, 2019 1:51pm - 2:03pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204