Maryland is considering legislation SB165, a bill to end the automatic charging of Maryland’s youth as if they were adults. The Sentencing Project supports this bill for three reasons:
1. Charging youth as if they were adults harms public safety.
2. Starting all cases in juvenile court is more sensible and efficient than current practice.
3. Maryland’s automatic transfer law is unusually harsh and unjust.
Click here to read Senior Advocacy Associate Josh Rovner’s full testimony in support of Maryland’s SB165.
February 09, 2022
State Action to Narrow the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Thanks to a $122 billion infusion of federal funds for public education included in the March 2021 American Rescue Plan, schools and communities have the opportunity to invest vast resources in effective new approaches to close the school-to-prison pipeline. The Sentencing Project has examined the plans submitted by every state for use of these federal funds.
December 16, 2021
Youth in Adult Courts, Jails, and Prisons
This brief reviews the history, harms, pathways and trends that treat children as if they were adults.