In Maryland, the majority of kids charged as adults are never convicted in adult court or serve time in an adult prison, but they spend a lot of time locked up with adults anyway, before trial. Kids as young as 14 are who are charged as adults will spend almost 5 months or more locked up in adult jail with adult offenders before the courts consider whether to send them to the juvenile justice system.
It's Wrong. It's Dangerous. It's Unacceptable.
All Marylanders should be held accountable for their actions, but locking kids up for months in adult jails before they're even tried is counter-productive and cruel.
Join Moving Maryland Forward Network Member "Just Kids" in getting children out of the adult criminal justice system.
SIGN OUR PLEDGE. Put an end to the practice of placing youth in adult jails.