The practice of shackling juveniles indiscriminately, or subjecting them to strip searches, has no place in our society, and clearly runs counter to our efforts here in Baltimore to build a more just and equitable justice system, especially for vulnerable youths who find themselves in trouble with the law.
The two were paired together on Saturday as part of the Sail For Justice program that includes eight juvenile offenders, from Los Angles to Boston, some of whom have been arrested numerous times, and are learning to sail. After weeks of training, the team will compete next month in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, a sailing race that spans 2,700 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
Child criminal suspects will no longer be indiscriminately shackled in Maryland juvenile courts, a routine practice in more than half of the state's jurisdictions, according to the state public defender.
Harford County has hired an outside company to provide counseling services for participants in its Juvenile Drug Court Program, in place of three Department of Community Services employees who had been addiction counselors until their jobs were eliminated as part of the outsourcing.
After traveling to Milwaukee in September to learn about a crime-fighting model in which prosecutors, police and academics analyze homicide trends and collectively brainstorm solutions, then-Baltimore Assistant State's Attorney Roya Hanna had mixed feelings.
During almost two decades of interviewing dads across the entire socioeconomic spectrum and a wide variety of ethnic groups, and ranging in age from 16 to 104, I've learned that "daddying" — a term I coined in a 1994 magazine piece — is the great equalizer. Unlike "fathering," which represents a one-time biological act that requires no greater commitment than a shot of DNA, daddying describes the ongoing process and commitment that occurs at the intersection of fatherhood and
About 40 people led by the Rev. Jamal Bryant briefly stopped traffic on I-395 Tuesday morning — — the first of what Bryant said would be "10 biblical plagues" unless state officials scrap plans for $30 million youth jail.
In the media storm surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, one item stands out for me and my colleagues: An NBC reporter interviewed a teen, a kid who had never been arrested before, who got picked up by Baltimore police during a protest. The boy talked about being shackled and feeling like a "caged animal." Those words are horribly familiar to juvenile defenders.
Allen Bullock, the 18-year-old accused of smashing a traffic cone through the windshield of a police cruiser last Saturday was released from jail Thursday on a $500,000 bail Thursday -- higher than the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
A coalition of youth and juvenile justice advocates called on the school system Thursday to refrain from suspending or expelling teenagers who have been arrested for taking part in last week's rioting in Baltimore.
As chaos broke out across Baltimore last week, dozens of men from the grass-roots group 300 Men March walked violent city streets, breaking up fights and inserting themselves between angry young men and the police. Community members say the group played a key role as peacekeepers amid the lawlessness.