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Md. high court weighs ending school suspension as juvenile probation violation (access required)

Suspension from school should no longer be regarded as a probation violation for juvenile offenders because it cedes a judicial function to the discretion of school administrators whose vague standards of behavior warranting suspension are often imposed disproportionately on Black ...

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Md. high court opens term, will hear sniper, student school board member cases (access required)

Maryland’s top court opened its 2021-2022 session Wednesday, a term in which it will take up the appeal of a Beltway sniper in considering whether the state constitution permits violent juvenile offenders ever to be sentenced to life without parole. ...

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Md. Senate preliminarily OKs ban on juvenile life without parole (access required)

The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legislation that would prohibit murderers and rapists from being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if they were juveniles when they killed or raped. The Senate could vote ...

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Lawmakers will consider tenants’ right to counsel, juvenile justice reform (access required)

A pandemic-fueled economic freefall and nationwide protests calling for criminal justice reform have spurred Maryland legislators to examine ways to enhance legal representation for low-income residents facing eviction and to protect the rights of imprisoned or criminally charged youngsters this ...

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Chief Judge Barbera issues order protecting juvenile jail population

In an effort to protect the state’s juvenile jail population from the COVID-19 virus, Maryland’s top jurist told the state’s judges Monday to release those youngsters in detention or commitment whose release would not pose a danger to themselves or others and who have a home or other facility to go to serve their sentence, among other factors.

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Prosecutors, police among those joining call for juveniles’ release

Current and former prosecutors, police and youth justice agents from outside Maryland came out this week in support of the state public defender’s call for judges to release all detained and incarcerated juveniles who do not pose an immediate threat ...

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