The State led Juvenile Justice Reform Council is hosting a Listening Session at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center on Thursday, January 16th from 1:30-3:30 pm and 6:30-8:30pm to hear from youth, families, individuals, service providers, educators, etc., that were influenced by the juvenile justice system.
The Council is looking for feedback on challenges with the system and suggestions for reform.
If you have ideas you’d like to share or know of a community member that may like to testify, please share this information. The event is free and open to the public.
Those wishing to speak can register 30 minutes prior to the session and will be able to speak for 3 minutes.
Julie Mashino, Coordinator Calvert County Family Network P.O. Box 1098 Prince Frederick, MD 20678
30 Duke Street, Suite 102 Ph. (410)-414-5997 or (410)-535-1600, Ext. 8804 Fax. (410)-535-5467
During the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly the legislature passed and Governor Hogan signed Senate Bill 856 / House Bill 606 establishing the Juvenile Justice Reform Council (JJRC or Council), which is to be staffed by the Department of Legislative Services.
The JJRC is charged with, using a data-driven approach to develop a statewide framework of policies to invest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism of youth offenders; research best practices for the treatment of juveniles who are subject to the criminal and juvenile justice systems; and identify and make recommendations to limit or otherwise mitigate risk factors that contribute to juvenile contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Additionally, the JJRC is directed to convene an advisory stakeholder group that includes representatives from organizations with experience in juvenile justice policy reform, advocating for groups with disproportionate contact with the criminal and juvenile justice system, advocating for victims of crime, and restorative justice. The JJRC will work with the advisory stakeholder group to conduct roundtable discussion forums to seek public input regarding juvenile justice system reform in all geographic regions of the state. Lastly, the JJRC is required to utilize a technical assistance provider to help carry out the mission of the Council. By December 1, 2019, the council must submit an interim report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly; a final report is due by December 1, 2020.
For up to date information about the Council, including meeting dates, agendas, and video, please visit https://bit.ly/2MOcWbK.