The Just Kids Partnership, a joint effort of The Public Justice Center, Community Law in Action, Inc,. and United Parents of Incarcerated Children and Youth, works to promote the discussion of addressing Maryland youth who are introduced into the criminal justice system. The MMFN is working with the Just Kids Partnership to make sure that fewer youth are automatically taken to adult facilities and to prevent the construction of a jail dedicated for youth tried as adults.
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May 29, 2012
Unfortunately my time blogging for the Moving Maryland Forward Network is coming to an end. I have been blogging for years but this was my first stint as a professional blogger, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t learned a lot. Not just about the differences between professional and recreational blogging, but also a ton about state politics and non-profit operations.
April 12, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about what would happen if we allowed a “doomsday” budget. Unfortunately, we are closer to facing tremendous budget cuts than ever before because the House and Senate have failed to come to an agreement. Unless O’Malley calls a special session for the House and Senate to reconcile their budget plans, Maryland will face its largest education cuts in years.
April 9, 2012
When I think about problems that young children encounter, one that does not make my list is being arrested at school and held for almost 12 hours at a police station. However, this scenario happened in the neighborhood of Morrell Park in Baltimore just over a week ago. Two eight year old girls, and one nine year old boy were arrested at school for assaulting other students.
March 8, 2012
On Monday night I went to the Just Kids Partnership’s screening of the 2004 documentary, Juvies. The heartbreaking film, narrated by Mark Wahlberg (who was incarcerated as an adult when he was 16), follows twelve kids who have been let down by their community.
March 7, 2012
As we begin the MMFN “Just Kids” campaign, focusing on keeping children out of adult jails, I have been reflecting on this dangerous problem of children being housed with adults. This is a problem not just for the kids who are directly experiencing it, but for their families, friends, neighborhoods, and larger communities.