For the past 4 months the taskforce on juvenile court jurisdiction has met to determine if Maryland should continue to automatically charge youth as adults. The report is due December 1st and the taskforce needs to hear from you.
 
Here are three actions you can take to make your voice heard. Tell the taskforce to stop charging youth as adults!
 
1. EMAIL Taskforce Chair Tammy Brown at tbrown@goccp.state.md.us and use the template below:
 
Dear Ms. Brown, 
 
I am writing to you in your position as Chair of the Task Force on Juvenile Jurisdiction to share my support of eliminating the existing exclusionary offenses that automatically result in adult court jurisdiction for youth. I support the restoration of juvenile court discretion so that all youth, regardless of charge, start in the juvenile system. About 70% of youth who are automatically charged as adults have their cases sent back to the juvenile system or have their cases dismissed. This is after they have waited in jail for an average of 4 months. There are countless benefits to retaining youth in the juvenile system where a youth can be held accountable and undergo rigorous rehabilitation. However, youth processed in the adult system are more likely to commit future more violent crimes than comparable youth in the juvenile system. It is time for Maryland to be a leader and end the automatic prosecution of youth as adults. 
 
2. CALL Taskforce Chair Tammy Brown at (410) 821-2824 and use the script below:
 
Hello my name is __________ and I am contacting you to share my support of ending the automatic prosecution of youth as adults in the state of Maryland. All youth, regardless of their charge should initially start in the juvenile system. 
 
Almost 70% of youth who are automatically charged as adults either have their cases sent back to the juvenile system or have their cases dismissed. This is after they have waited in adult jail for an average of 4 months. 
 
There are many benefits to holding youth in the juvenile system where they can be held accountable and are required to undergo rigorous rehabilitative services. However, youth processed in the adult system are more likely to commit future more violent crimes than comparable youth in the juvenile system. 
 
It is time for Maryland to be a leader and end the automatic prosecution of youth as adults. 
 
3. ATTEND the next taskforce meeting on Monday, November 18 at 9am in the Prince George's County Delegation Room in the House Office Building.
 
 
Just Kids will taking action TONIGHT at 7PM at the Charles Theater during the world premiere of Just Kids' documentary The Truth About Our Youth, a look at Maryland's youth in the adult criminal justice system. This event is free. Please RSVP at justkidsmd@gmail.com.
 

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