[photo, Hampton Plaza, 300 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland] Tammy M. Brown, Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Kara Aanenson; Heather R. Amador; James H. Green, Esq.; Jabriera Handy; Gayle M. Jordan-Randolph, M.D.; Bart K. Lubow; Marion W. Mattingly; Mary Lou McDonough; Carlotta A. Woodward, Esq.

Appointed by Senate President: Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin

Appointed by House Speaker: Jill P. Carter

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals: Brett W. Wilson

Ex officio: Sam J. Abed, Secretary of Juvenile Services; Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Col. Marcus L. Brown, Secretary of State Police; Paul B. DeWolfe, Jr., Public Defender.

Hampton Plaza, 300 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland, May 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Staff: Jessica L. Winpigler

c/o Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention
Hampton Plaza, Suite 1105
30 East Joppa Road, Baltimore, MD 21286 - 3016
(410) 821-2824
e-mail: jwinpigler@goccp.state.md.us

In June 2013, the Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction formed (Chapter 639, Acts of 2013).

The Task Force studied current laws concerning the jurisdiction of juvenile courts, and reviewed the current research on best practices in the judicial system for dealing with youth who have committed crimes. Further, the Task Force recommended whether to retain automatic adult charges for youth committing certain offenses; the benefits of keeping minors in the jurisdiction of juvenile courts; how to reduced the number of youths committed to adult detention centers and prisons; and the long-term cost of treating young people in the adult criminal system.

On December 1, 2013, the Task Force submitted its report to the Governor and General Assembly. It recommended that a thorough analysis of the capital, programmatic and staffing needs be completed to evaluate proposed policy changes that would expand juvenile court jurisdiction. The Task Force also recommended the expansion of juvenile court jurisdiction to permit youth charged the ability to request transfer from the adult court to the juvenile court.

Authorization for the Task Force ended May 31, 2014.

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