Maryland shut down its correctional facility in Jessup because of the unacceptable number of attacks, on inmates and on corrections employees. Maryland also shut down several youth facilities (Bowling Brook, Hickey) recently because they, too, were plagued with problems.
The solution? Ship them out of state, out of sight, and out of the communities that they will be re-entering. I strongly disagree with this. Just in case you were wondering what I thought, Maryland. I disagree with you.
I think the argument is strongest in regards to juveniles, but is relevant to adults as well. With the kids in particular, it seems like a bad idea to take them away from their families and from their community to incarcerate them (I'm sorry, I mean "rehabilitate" them). If the facility is a good one, offering educational services and training programs and mental health / behavioral modification counseling, then how is it beneficial to give kids resources that they cannot continue when they're released?
And why is a prison in Kentucky or Massachusetts any better than a prison in Maryland? Chances are, it's not too much better, and really all you're doing is moving the 'trouble' out of sight, out of mind. You're moving people away from where anyone could advocate for them if they are being beaten, or are unsafe, or not receiving basic care.
I think the solution is more like what is happening in Texas - identify people who would do better by participating in services in the community (non-violent crimes in particular - drug possession, or even dealing), and provide services, instead of incarcerating them. And stop 'outsourcing' inmates to other states.