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Maryland

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Just Kids is a campaign working to change the way youth charged as adults are treated in the Maryland justice system through policy change, community organizing, and public education. Just Kids aims to reduce the number of youth who are charged and tried as adults, advocate for policies that transfer fewer youth to the adult criminal justice system, and increase the number of safe and effective community-based programs and practices that serve youth who are accused of serious offenses.

Primary Contact Name: Christina Williams

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Phone: 410-706-3940
Website: http://justkidsmaryland.org/
Twitter: @cliayouth @JustKidsMD 


Legislation

  • Bill Number: 515– WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - Modified some of the requirements for “reverse waiver”, making it possible for some youth to go back to the juvenile court

    Year: 2014

  • Bill Number: 786 – WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - Creation of a governor-appointed Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to study practices which result in charging youth as adults by default, and consider whether to return discretion to the juvenile courts

    Year: 2013

  • Bill Number: HB 618 – WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Detention Reform - mandates that district court with jurisdiction of adult case of a child orders the child to be held in juvenile facilities pre-trial. There are several exemptions, accommodating for no capacity or security risks.

    Year: 2015

  • Bill Number: HB 304

    Type of Reform

    Repealing provisions of law that exclude from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court a child of a specified age alleged to have committed specified offenses; repealing provisions of law governing the transfer of specified criminal cases to the juvenile court; etc. Crossfiled with SB 243.

    Year: Introduced in 2016

  • Bill Number: SB 243

    Type of Reform

    Repealing provisions of law that exclude from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court a child of a specified age alleged to have committed specified offenses; repealing provisions of law governing the transfer of specified criminal cases to the juvenile court; etc. Crossfiled with HB 304.

    Year: Introduced in 2016

  • Bill Number: HB 266

    Type of Reform

    Repealing the jurisdiction of the juvenile court over a child at least 14 years old alleged to have done specified acts and over a child at least 16 years old alleged to have committed specified crimes.

    Year: Introduced in 2016


Reports

  • Youth Charged as Adults: Overview of Available Data

    This document offers an overview and an analysis of the available data on youth charged as adults in the state of Maryland. 

  • Department of Juvenile Services: Overview of the Youth Charged as Adults Population

    The report Department of Juvenile Services: Overview of the Youth Charged as Adults Population (2012) by The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services centralizes around HB112 of the Department of Juvenile Services of Maryland and the recorded reports, which are sent to the General Assembly between January 1st and December 31st in 2011. In doing so, it ensures officials that youths that are charged as adults will remain in juvenile facilities as well as reassuring they are in a safe and secure environment. Reports also record the reduction rates of the total number of youths detained, pending transfers to and from adult and juvenile facilities, the Detention Risk Assessment Instrument, juvenile detention alternatives, diversion services, as well as the average time spent in juvenile facilities.

  • Report of the Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

    Report of the Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction (2013), submitted by Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention and created by the Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from numerous states, government agencies, advocates, and certified professionals in juvenile justice. This group studies laws and which type of practice is best fit for each. This is based on specific waivers, exclusionary offenses, securing detention measures in juvenile and adult systems, benefits of detaining youth in a juvenile court, as well as long-term fiscal impacts.

  • Just Kids: Baltimore’s Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System

    This report (2010) by the Just Kids Partnership provides evidence that the practice of transferring youth to the adult criminal justice system is unnecessary in Maryland. The Just Kids Partnership followed 135 individual cases of youth charged as adults in Baltimore city and found that nearly 68% of the youth awaiting trial in Baltimore's adult criminal justice system had their cases either sent to the juvenile court system or dismissed. Despite the high proportion of reverse transfer, on average, youth spend almost 5 months in adult jail before a hearing to consider whether the youth should be returned to the juvenile system. Only 10% of the youth actually tried in the adult system received sentences of time in adult prisons. Further, only 13 of the 135 cases in the study that began between January and June of 2009 had been resolved by August of 2010, and therefore, 90% of the youth spent up to 16 months in adult facilities with no conviction and no mandatory rehabilitative services.