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Marc Schindler's Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on HB 846 (Parole Reform)

On February 15, 2018 JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of HB 846. Schindler stated to continue the intent of the justice reinvestment process in Maryland, it would be best to apply the same approach to those who have been incarcerated for excessively long periods of time at a huge cost to taxpayers, many of whom we know can safely return to our communities. 

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02.15.18 Testimony

  

Marc Schindler's Testimony before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on HB 100 (Accountability for Violent Offenders), HB 101 (Crimes, Firearms), and HB 102 (Criminal Gang Offenses)

On February 6, 2018 JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee in oppostion to HB 100, HB 101, and HB 102. Schindler urged that to improve public safety in Baltimore, we must avoid the failed approaches of the past and reject the governor’s crime bills. Instead, we should be investing in proven interventions for those most at risk of criminal behavior, and address the unmet education, employment, housing, and health care needs in the state’s most vulnerable communities.

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02.06.18 Testimony

   

Marc Schindler's Testimony before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on SB 249 (Inmates, Life Imprisonment, Parole Reform)

On February 1, 2018 JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of SB 249. In 2017, the State of Maryland went through a comprehensive justice reinvestment process aimed at reducing the prison population and using those savings to reduce recidivism and create safer communities. Schindler stated to continue the intent of the justice reinvestment process, it would be best to apply the same approach to those who have been incarcerated for excessively long periods of time at a huge cost to taxpayers, many of whom we know can safely return to our communities. 

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02.01.18 Testimony

   

Marc Schindler's Testimony to the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on SB 197 (Crimes, Firearms), SB198 (Criminal Gang Offenses), and SB 199 (Accountability for Violent Offenders)

On January 30, 2018 JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler testified before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in opposition to SB 197, SB198, and SB 199. Schindler argued that to improve public safety in Baltimore and throughout the state, we must avoid the failed approaches of the past and reject the governor’s crime bills. Instead, we should be investing in proven interventions for those most at risk of criminal behavior, and address the unmet education, employment, housing, and health care needs in the state’s most vulnerable communities.

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01.30.18 Testimony

   

Marc Schindler's Testimony to the D.C. Council on the Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2017

On October 26, 2017, JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler testified before the D.C. Council in support of the Youth Rehabilitation Act (YRA) of 2017. Schindler urged that the continuation of the YRA to be a part of a larger strategy to address violence in D.C. as well as for the age of eligibility for the D.C. Youth Act to be raised to 25 years of age.  

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10.26.17 Testimony

   

Jason Ziedenberg's Testimony to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety on Bill 20-835, The “Youth Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 2014" 

October 22, 2014, JPI's Director of Research & Policy, Jason Ziedenberg, testified before the D.C. Council in support of the Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act (YOARA), which strives to reduce the number of youth held in adult correctional facilities pretrial.  

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10.22.14 Testimony

     

Paul Ashton Testimony to the D.C. Council on CFSA Budget Oversight Hearing

On April 24, 2013, JPI's Research & Grants Coordinator Paul Ashton testified before the D.C. Council about JPI's brief Fostering Change: How investing in D.C.’s child welfare system can keep kids out of the prison pipeline. Smart investments in CFSA can help to reduce the number of youth who enter its care, crossover into the juvenile justice system and help to reduce future justice system involvement. Within Fostering Change, we look at the link between child maltreatment and delinquency, highlighting four major risk factors: mental health, victimization, educational instability and the type and number of placements within the child welfare system. 

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04.24.13 Testimony

        

Tracy Velázquez's Testimony Before the Maryland Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights Violations

On June 5, 2012, JPI's former Executive Director Tracy Velázquez testified before the Maryland Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on civil rights violations generated from racial disparities in the Maryland justice system. As the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is considering civil right violations in the Maryland justice system, the State Advisory Committee invited JPI to testify before the committee. The SAC will use the material in their report to the U.S. Commission on Civil Right.

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06.05.12 Testimony

   

Nastassia Walsh's Testimony to the D.C. City Council Judiciary Committee in regards to Bill 19-255, The Sex Offender Registration Amendment Act

On June 1, 2011, JPI's former researcher Nastassia Walsh testified to the D.C. City Council Judiciary Committee in opposition to the Sex Offender Registration Amendment Act. JPI's research, Registering Harm, and that of other experts shows that the proposed legislative changes to the District’s Sex Offender Registration Act will NOT significantly improve public safety or reduce sexual victimization. However, these policies will carry a significant price tag for the District now and in the future, and misallocate resources that could be used in ways that do improve public safety. In particular, policies aimed at youth, including expanding their inclusion on the registry, could reduce the chance that youth will be successful either now or later as adults.

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06.01.11 Testimony

   

Tracy Velázquez's Testimony to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies on the proposed Department of Justice budget

On April 14, 2010, JPI's former Executive Director Tracy Velázquez testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in opposition to the proposed Department of Justice budget. In our view, this budget perpetuates the misplaced priorities and ineffective policies of our criminal justice system. Rather than helping financially-strapped state and local governments, increased spending on prisons and policing will swell their rates and costs of incarceration. Rather than attacking the racial disparities in the system, this budget will certainly magnify them. Instead of investing in juvenile justice system improvements and programs to serve at-risk youth, this budget will only further the cycle of incarceration that has characterized this country's history for the past three decades. 

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04.14.10 Testimony

    

Tracy Velázquez's Testimony to to D.C. Council on Improving Juvenile Justice Outcomes

On September 23, 2010, JPI's former Executive Director Tracy Velázquez testified before the D.C. Council on Improving Juvenile Justice Outcomes. Velázquez urged to encourage further reforms that promote alternatives to secure confinement and provide services to youth in the D.C.'s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) system. Additionally, Velázquez discussed how the District can improve public safety, community well-being and outcomes for youth by changes and investments outside of the juvenile justice system.

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09.23.10 Testimony

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