[photo, St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland] C. Anthony Muse, Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Michael S. Ito, Psy.D.

Appointed by Senate President: C. Anthony Muse; Victor R. Ramirez; Justin D. Ready.

Appointed by House Speaker: Keith E. Haynes; Jay Jalisi, M.D.; Elizabeth G. (Susie) Proctor.

Appointed by Secretary of Juvenile Services: Elwood F. Hemmeain; Kevin McLeod; Linda S. McWilliams.

St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Ex officio: Sam J. Abed, Secretary of Juvenile Services; Arlene F. Lee, Executive Director, Governor's Office for Children; Paul B. DeWolfe, Jr., Public Defender; Thomas N. (Nicholas) Moroney, Director, Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit, Office of Attorney General; Rais Akbar, J.D., designee of Executive Director, Advocates for Children & Youth; Denise A. Henderson, designee of Executive Director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Maryland; Phillip V. Lee, Sr., Chair, Community Public Awareness Council; Gerald Stansbury, President, Maryland Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Karen J. Kruger, Executive Director, Maryland Sheriffs' Association.

Staff: Margi T. Joshi
c/o Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit
Office of Attorney General
St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-6968
e-mail: mjoshi@oag.state.md.us

Ricardo A. Flores
c/o Office of Public Defender
William Donald Schaefer Tower, Suite 1400, 6 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202 - 1608
(410) 767-8534
e-mail: rflores@opd.state.md.us

In June 2016, the Task Force to Study the Restraint, Searches, and Needs of Children in the Juvenile Justice System was established (Chapter 655, Acts of 2016).

The Task Force reviewed the current policies and practices of the Department of Juvenile Services concerned with the shackling and strip-searching of children in its custody. Further, the Task Force examined instances when such children are strip-searched or shackled to determine under what circumstances they occur. What capital expenditures would be necessary to address the issues of restraint and search of children in the juvenile justice system was to be determined by the Task Force. Finally, the Task Force recommended changes to policies, practices, and capital expenditures necessary for resolving these issues.

In December 2016, the Task Force submitted its report to the Governor and General Assembly.

Authorization for the Task Force ended May 31, 2017.

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