juvenile justice

Feb 16, 2023

Bill to end automatic charging of children as adults splits advocates, prosecutors

A bill to end law requiring young offenders accused of heinous crimes to be automatically charged as adults drew praise from advocates but not prosecutors.

Jan 24, 2023

Senate panel weighs repeal of automatic charging of young offenders as adults

Maryland’s law requiring youthful offenders accused of heinous crimes to be automatically charged as adults should be repealed, youth advocates told a Senate committee.

Dec 5, 2022

Criminal justice bills in 2023 will address juvenile, drug, immigration laws

November’s election changed the Maryland General Assembly's composition but much of the criminal justice legislation this coming session will be very familiar.

Aug 26, 2022

Md. high court orders resentencing of Beltway sniper as juvenile offender

A sharply divided Maryland high court ordered the resentencing of a man serving six life terms for an October 2002 killing spree in Montgomery County at age 17.

Jun 20, 2022

Defense lawyer proves what great-grandfather couldn’t for Black teen in 1930s

Today is Monday, the 47th anniversary of the release of the movie “Jaws.” Here are some other news items. — Defense attorney’s great-grandson wins posthumous exoneration of Black teenager executed for 1930 murder. — First Amendment challenge to high school’s ban on T-shirts displaying guns heads back to district court. — Japan requires spousal consent, [&h[...]

Jun 9, 2022

Md. high court upholds teen’s murder conviction in Baltimore County officer’s death

The Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Dawnta Harris’ argument through counsel that his conviction for killing officer Amy Caprio on May 21, 2018, should be overturned.

David Harrington, shown in Philadelphia on March 23, 2022, spent a tense eight months in a Philadelphia jail when he was a teenager — the result of a robbery charge in 2014 that automatically sent his case to the adult court system under state law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Jun 6, 2022

In historic shift, far fewer teens face adult courts

There has been a significant shift away from the “get tough” philosophy of the 1980s and ’90s for youth offenders, resulting in far fewer children being prosecuted in U.S. adult courts.

Apr 11, 2022

Md. legislature enacts counsel requirement at child interrogations over Hogan’s veto

Juveniles will have an unwaivable right to consult counsel before being interrogated by law enforcement except in compelling circumstances beginning Oct. 1 under a law the Maryland General Assembly enacted Saturday over Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto. The Child Interrogation Protection Act will permit police officers to interrogate a child without counsel only when they reasonably […]

Mar 21, 2022

Maryland juvenile justice reform bill passes state Senate

The Maryland Senate passed a substantial juvenile justice reform measure Monday.

Feb 8, 2022

Maryland high court weighs DC beltway sniper’s resentencing bid

An attorney for a man serving six life sentences for a DC beltway killing spree at age 17 urged Maryland’s top court Tuesday to order his client resentenced.

Maryland Court of Appeals
Feb 4, 2022

Maryland high court retains school suspension as juvenile probation violation

Suspension from school can continue to be regarded as a probation violation for juvenile offenders, Maryland’s top court ruled.

Jan 27, 2022

Defense counsel, prosecutors battle over bill requiring counsel at juvenile interrogations

Defense and civil rights attorneys urged lawmakers to pass legislation providing juveniles an unwaivable right to counsel before being interrogated by law enforcement.

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