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NJJN Helps Maryland Advocates Pursue Youth Justice Reform

January 30, 2018


NJJN is deeply invested in supporting our members who work every day to advance legislation that transforms our justice systems. For example, in the past month NJJN has been strategizing with Advocates for Children and Youth as they push back on harmful media narratives about black and brown youth in Baltimore by launching a new campaign, Rethink Baltimore. To further their message, NJJN connected Advocates for Children and Youth with additional experts and resources to amplify their positive message and worked with their staff to develop a tip sheet for reporters.

Furthermore, as Maryland advocates work to dismantle the school to prison pipeline, NJJN has shared resources with Advocates for Children and Youth and YJLI alum Rashad Hawkins of B’More Awesome Inc. as they inform their state’s policy debates. We supplied talking points and fact sheets to help prepare testimony on the need to address implicit bias to eliminate discipline disparities and provided examples of states that have incorporated youth and family voice to keep kids in schools. As Maryland members CLIA's JustKids Campaign and Advocates for Children and Youth now look to push back on gang enhancements and the adultification of youth, we are working to leverage NJJN’s knowledge to prevent the passage of legislation that harms young people. 

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