Baltimore, MD

Residents urged to write state lawmakers to pass Juvenile Justice Reform including no longer charging youth as adults

Kaleah Mcilwain
(The Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success)

The Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success (MOCFS) is asking Baltimore residents to write state lawmakers between now and December 31 in support of them passing the Juvenile Justice Reform Council recommendations in full during the 2022 legislative session.

Recommendations include:

As part of their youth justice after Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM), their initiatives include asking people to stay tuned for juvenile justice reform updates and use their template to send an email to Senator Will Smith and Delegate Luke Clippinger.

Sen. Smith and Del. Clippinger are the lawmakers in Maryland who have lead roles in juvenile justice system reform.

YJAM was this past October where the MOCFS partnered with the Youth Diversion workgroup of the Baltimore Children's Cabinet to create a range of opportunities to engage with youth in Baltimore and lift their voices on youth justice.

"In Baltimore, structural racism and concentrated poverty create injustices for young people on every life front, every day—and lead to disproportionate rates of arrest and incarceration among youth of color," said the MOCFS.

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