Maryland is second only to Alabama in the rate at which it sends children to adult court for criminal prosecution. On July 20, 2021, The Sentencing Project’s Marcy Mistrett testified before the Maryland Juvenile Justice Reform Council (JJRC) on national trends in charging children as adults and why it’s imperative children are treated as children. The Sentencing Project strongly encourages the JJRC to adopt recommendations [based on research and public safety] that will ensure all children start in juvenile court, and that cases are reviewed on an individual basis by a judge before determining they should be sent to adult court.
September 22, 2021
Pomegranate survivors and youth justice organizations request a meeting with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to discuss ways to prevent placement of youth in for-profit youth residential treatment facilities, and to ensure that youth receive care in safe environments free from abuse and neglect.
September 07, 2021
By investing in proven solutions and partnering with the community, the education system can avert potential tragedy in 2021-22 and establish a new normal in our education system that fosters success, promotes equity, and recognizes the realities of adolescent behavior and brain development.