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Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)

One North Charles St., Suite 2400
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 410-547-9200 x3028
Fax: 410-547-8690
Web: www.acy.org
Twitter: @MarylandACY
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ACYMaryland 

Mariama Boney
Interim Executive Director
Phone: (m) 240-718-4968 
Email: mboney@acy.org 

Organization Profile
ACY improves the lives and experiences of Maryland’s children through policy change and program improvement.

They provide advocacy and impact data as well as personalized stories to help tell the story of Maryland’s children in a simple way. This information is often used by state agencies, legislators and fellow advocates.

Association of the Public Defender of Maryland (APDM) 

6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1400 Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-767-9853
Web: https://www.apdmaryland.org/
Facebook: APDM

Melissa Rothstein 
Email: APDMaryland@gmail.com

Just Kids

520 W. Fayette Street, Suite 140
Baltimore MD 21201

Phone: 410-706-3875
Web: http://cliayouth.org/just-kids-campaign/
Twitter: @JustKidsMD@cliayouth

Ryan Turner, Executive Director
Email: ryan@cliayouth.org

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.



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