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Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition

One North Charles St., Suite 2400
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-547-9200 x3028
Fax: 410-547-8690
Web: www.acy.org

Rais Akbar, Juvenile Justice Policy Director
rakbar@acy.org 

Twitter: @MarylandACY

Organization Profile
The Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition (MJJC), staffed by Advocates for Children and Youth, is a statewide effort with an active agenda and over 200 organizational partners, 700 individual members, and 100 youth members.

MJJC is at the forefront of sweeping juvenile justice reform efforts which rely on effective, research-based strategies. MJJC backs a progressive vision and promotes comprehensive juvenile justice policies and practices that respect youth, their families, and communities.

Just Kids

520 W. Fayette Street, Suite 140
Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-3940
Web: www.justkidsmaryland.org

Kara Aanenson
Director of Advocacy
Email: kara@cliayouth.org

Twitter: @JustKidsMD
@cliayouth

Organization Profile

The Just Kids Partnership (“Just Kids”) is a collaborative effort between the Public Justice Center (PJC) and Community Law in Action (CLIA) to end the automatic prosecution of youth as adults in Maryland.  Our goals are 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;
  • Increase the number of safe and effective community-based programs and practices that serve youth who are accused of serious offenses.

 In October 2010, Just Kids released a report analyzing Maryland’s practice of automatically prosecuting children as adults for certain crimes, finding that that the “get-tough-on-crime” policies that put youth into the adult criminal system have failed to protect society and are, in fact, counterproductive.  Since then we have embarked on a campaign to change the policies, law, and systems underlying this practice.  Just Kids is committed to ensuring that voices of youth, families and communities are integrated into the discussion around addressing crime allegedly committed by Maryland youth and the resulting policies.  Thus, grassroots organizing is an integral component of our work.  Just Kids also engages in continued research and policy analysis, traditional legislative advocacy in Annapolis, administrative advocacy with institutional stakeholders, public education, and coordination with other juvenile justice advocates. 

Locale: Maryland
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