Juvenile Justice Reform Listening Session
The Charles County Advocacy Council for Children, Youth, and Families is partnering with counties throughout the state of Maryland to host the Southern Maryland Listening Session on Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center (901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Fredrick). Two sessions are being held: 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/36yue4i. Sign-up to speak begins 30 minutes prior to each session.
The Senate Bill 856/House Bill 6062 established the Juvenile Justice Reform Council, which is staffed by the Department of Legislative Services. The Juvenile Justice Reform Council is seeking input from families as well as organizations with experience in juvenile justice policy reform, advocating for groups with disproportionate contact with the criminal and juvenile justice system, advocating for victims of crime, and restorative justice regarding the juvenile justice system.
The Juvenile Justice Reform Council is working to:
- use a data-driven approach to develop a statewide framework of policies to invest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism of youth offenders;
- research best practices for the treatment of juveniles who are subject to the criminal and juvenile justice systems; and
- identify and make recommendations to limit or otherwise mitigate risk factors that contribute to juvenile contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
For more information, contact Laura Gustafson at 301-396-5241 or GustafsL@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.