PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY JUVENILE COURT & SCHOOL SAFETY WORK GROUP

Theresa M. Grant, Chair (chosen by Prince George's County Executive)

Appointed by Secretary of Juvenile Services: Delmonica Hawkins

Appointed by County Executive, Prince George's County: Theresa M. Grant; Roderick Missouri.

Appointed by Chief Executive Officer, Prince George's County Public Schools: Daryl V. Williams

Appointed by Chair, Prince George's County Board of Education: Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq.

Appointed by District Public Defender, Prince George's County: Erin M. Josendale, Esq.

Appointed by State's Attorney, Prince George's County: Ann Wagner-Stewart, Esq.

Appointed by Sheriff, Prince George's County: Capt. Nancy Ridgely

Appointed by Chief of Police, Prince George's County: Sgt. Erika Ervin

Appointed by President, Maryland School Psychologists' Association: Mark Resnick, Ph.D.

Ex officio: C. Anthony Muse, designee of Chair, Prince George's County Senate Delegation; Geraldine Valentino-Smith, designee of Chair, Prince George's County House Delegation; Anthony Hill, designee of Chair, Prince George's County Council; Rex Barrett, Acting Director of Security Services, Prince George's County Public Schools.


[photo, One Plaza Center, 120 West Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland] Staff: Tim J. Gilbert

c/o Department of Juvenile Services
One Center Plaza, 120 West Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 230-3488
e-mail: tim.gilbert@maryland.gov

  • Report, January 21, 2015
  • Report, December 15, 2013
  • One Plaza Center, 120 West Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland, April 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    In June 2013, the Prince George's County Juvenile Court and School Safety Work Group was authorized (Chapter 677, Acts of 2013).

    Based on its analysis of data provided by the Department of Juvenile Services and the Prince George's County Public Schools, the Work Group identified the most common offenses for which students are arrested and referred to juvenile court. Then, the Work Group recommended interagency policies to reduce school-based arrests and referrals to the Department of Juvenile Services and juvenile court by diversion to school- and community-based programs; and strategies to fully use and expand support services for youth who misbehave in school. The Work Group also considered a process to refer students who have committed specified misdemeanor-type delinquent acts to school- or community-based services outside of the juvenile justice system; and criteria for diversion programs which the juvenile court believes would prove better for youths charged with less serious delinquent acts than would probation or commitment to the Department of Juvenile Services.

    In formulating its recommendations, the Work Group held two public meetings to receive comment from the public and juvenile advocacy groups. In addition, the Work Group developed a Collaborative Action Plan to reduce the number of school-based arrests and referrals to the juvenile court.

    On December 15, 2013, the Work Group submitted its first report to the Prince George's County Delegation.

    Effective October 2014, the Work Group was charged with making another report containing recommendations on relevant issues the Work Group determined needed further study (Chapter 439, Acts of 2014). That report was submitted in January 2015.

    Authorization for the Task Force ended December 31, 2014.

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