TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE MENTORING & MONITORING OF CHILDREN IN THE CUSTODY OF OR UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES

Delmas P. Wood III, Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Philip T. Caroom; James T. Dewees; Deanna V. Ikhinmwin; O'Melia V. James, Esq.; Roger S. Ralph; two vacancies.

Appointed by Senate President: Nancy Jacobs

Appointed by House Speaker: Robert A. Zirkin; one vacancy.

Ex officio: Delmas P. Wood III, designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Katharine M. Oliver, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Earl El-Amin, designee of Special Secretary for Children, Youth, & Families.

Staff: Lauren B. Gordon

c/o Office of Research & Planning, Dept. of Juvenile Services
One Center Plaza, 120 West Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 230-3346; fax: (410) 333-4199
e-mail: gordonl@djs.state.md.us
tdd: 1-800-945-5798

The Task Force to Study the Mentoring and Monitoring of Children in the Custody of or under the Supervision of the Department of Juvenile Services was authorized in October 2003 (Chapter 307, Acts of 2003). The Task Force studied the feasibility of instituting a program to match troubled children with volunteer mentors. Similarly, it determined the feasibility of providing individualized monitoring and support services to children in the custody or under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Services. The Task Force also recommended ways to help these children become productively involved in school or the workplace; decrease recidivism among juvenile offenders; and teach young people who come in contact with the Department the skills necessary to lead healthy and productive lives.

On October 1, 2004, the Task Force submitted its report to the Governor and General Assembly. Authorization for the Task Force extended to October 31, 2004.

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