Juvenile Justice

The ACLU of Maryland works to ensure that the juvenile justice system does not penalize youth on the basis of gender, race, economic status or disability.  Youth are too often deprived of their liberty not because they pose a threat to public safety, but rather because they demonstrate a high level of need.  The juvenile justice system must not expose youth to abusive conditions of confinement, subject them to intrusive surveillance, or otherwise criminalize normal adolescent behavior.  We seek to ensure that justice system responses to youth are fair, equitable and rehabilitative.

Recent Activity

Statement Regarding DOJ motion to delay consent decree hearing

News article, April 3, 2017

Why is everyone in Baltimore ready to move forward with police reform except Donald Trump's DOJ?

read more >>

Press Conference to Support Transparency in Police Misconduct Investigations

News article, February 8, 2017

Maryland Public Information Act now blocks transparency and accountability regarding police abuse and misconduct

read more >>

Federal Court Clears Way for Juvenile Lifers' Challenge to Maryland Parole System

News article, February 6, 2017

Ruling Suggests Current Scheme Unconstitutional

read more >>

Hearing in juvenile life sentences case

News article, January 4, 2017

Advocates and family members press for reform

read more >>

ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate the Use and Impact of Face Recognition

News article, October 18, 2016

ACLU of Maryland Raises Concerns About Impact in Baltimore

read more >>

School police being used as auxiliary Baltimore police officers?

News article, August 15, 2016

Statement from Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline

read more >>

Department of Justice findings regarding the Baltimore City Police Department

News article, August 10, 2016

Total lack of supervision and accountability has allowed abuses to flourish unchecked

read more >>

Statement After Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers Regarding Freddie Gray

News article, July 27, 2016

It is a travesty that not one Baltimore Police officer will be held accountable by the court

read more >>

ACLU Challenges Baltimore Police Union’s Attempt to Block Work of Civilian Review Board

News article, July 14, 2016

Brief urges Court to dismiss FOP case as frivolous and contrary to improving police-community relations

read more >>

ACLU speaks out about student slapped, kicked by school resource officer

News article, March 3, 2016

Problems within Baltimore School Police go far beyond this incident and require systemic reform

read more >>

ACLU supports promising "community schools" strategy

News article, February 11, 2016

Incorporating holistic methods of student and family engagement brings results

read more >>

Mobile Justice Comes to Maryland

News article, November 13, 2015

ACLU Releases Phone App for Recording Police Encounters

read more >>

As Legislative Work Group on Police Accountability Begins, Activists to Set Out Reform Principles

News article, June 8, 2015

Groups from across the state will then travel to Annapolis for workgroup meeting

read more >>

Department of Justice launches investigation into Baltimore Police Dept

News article, May 8, 2015

ACLU applauds move, which will hopefully spur fully enacted reforms

read more >>

Statement on Freddie Gray and police/community conflict in Baltimore

News article, April 28, 2015

The path to peace goes through justice

read more >>

Groups to Call on Governor Hogan To Take Action Following Death of Freddie Gray

News article, April 24, 2015

Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality presses for executive action to address systemic and structural issues

read more >>

ACLU Briefing Paper Finds At Least 109 Police-Involved Killings Since 2010

News article, March 18, 2015

Victims from Counties Across Maryland

read more >>

Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality to hold Press Conference

News article, February 26, 2015

Groups support police accountability and reform bills

read more >>

ACLU Seeks Answers to Unanswered Questions about Baltimore's Expanded Curfew Plans

News article, August 7, 2014

Group files public information request for copies of policies and directives to police officers

read more >>

Civil Rights and Youth Groups Offer Alternative to Proposed Curfew Expansion

News article, May 29, 2014

Alternate plan promotes safety of Baltimore youth without risking the criminalization and unintended consequences of an expanded curfew

read more >>

Juvenile Curfew

Legal case, May 15, 2014

Extreme, far-reaching juvenile curfew in Baltimore City

read more >>

ACLU Raises Concerns with Far-Reaching Youth Curfew Proposal in Baltimore City

News article, May 12, 2014

Courts around the country have struck down as unconstitutional less extreme curfews laws

read more >>

Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana, Limit Location Tracking and License Plate Readers, and Restrict Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

News article, April 14, 2014

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

read more >>

Maryland Senate Gives Final Approval to Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

News article, April 7, 2014

Measure Will Be Sent to Gov. O'Malley For His Signature

read more >>

NAACP, ACLU Call on Chairman Vallario to Allow Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization

News article, March 31, 2014

New ACLU polling in several House Judiciary Committee members' districts shows majority support for marijuana policy reform

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

read more >>

In Every County, Black People More Likely to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession

News article, November 7, 2013

New report details growing marijuana arrest rates, even as support for decriminalization grows

read more >>

Illegality of "stop and frisk" practice by police not addressed by name change

News article, September 24, 2013

ACLU public information request seeks answers about Baltimore Police stops and searches without reasonable suspicion.

read more >>

ACLU hails passage of bill to reduce youth incarceration

News article, April 9, 2013

Keeps youth charged with minor offenses out of juvenile facilities

read more >>

ACLU Opposes Bill to Put Police Officers in Every School

News article, February 28, 2013

Criminalizing Minor Discipline Issues Does More Harm Than Good

read more >>

ACLU Supports Bills that Promote Public Safety While Saving Money

News article, March 1, 2012

ACLU To Testify in Support of Bills to Eliminate Need for Governor In Pardon Process for Juvenile Offenses; Establish "Good Time Credits"

read more >>

2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland to Testify Against Proposed Juvenile Curfew in Montgomery County

News article, July 26, 2011

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland stands up for youth and parent rights in Montgomery County juvenile curfew controversy

News article, July 22, 2011

read more >>

ACLU, Open Society Institute Ask State Board of Education to Address High Rates of Suspensions

News article, May 25, 2011

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland Lauds Passage of Bill Advancing Parity for Girls in Juvenile Justice System

News article, April 11, 2011

read more >>

ACLU of Maryland Highlights Gender Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System at Hearing Today in Annapolis

News article, February 17, 2011

read more >>