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[PRESS RELEASE] New Report Underscores Laws and Practices that Treat Youth as Adults Fail to Make Communities Safer

Report Finds That Ending the Adultification of Youth by the Justice System is an Urgent and Necessary Component of Any Reforms in Law Enforcement

[PRESS RELEASE] It’s time to remove cops from campuses and invest resources in teachers and students, not police

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police, people across the country are demanding a reduction in the role of police in all aspects of our lives, including in our schools. Having police officers patrolling schools (“School Resources Officers” or “SROs”) has been shown to contribute substantially to the school-to-prison pipeline. This is particularly true for youth of color who are more likely to be arrested in a school that has a police officer on campus. And there is no credible research showing that SROs make schools safer.

Cops out: City schools remove SROs, while county holds off

Cites JPI's work on School Resource Officers with our "Education Under Arrest" report. 

Public Defenders Take to the Streets in a Call for Racial Justice

Cites JPI's "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of Black Young Adults in Maryland" policy brief.

Protests continue for the 11th straight day in Baltimore following the death of George Floyd

Cites JPI's "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of Black Young Adults in Maryland" policy brief.

Minneapolis Public Schools Voted To End Its Contract With The City’s Police After The Death Of George Floyd

Quotes JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler.

Maryland to close two juvenile detention centers

Quotes JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler.

Over 200 coronavirus cases reported in Maryland Prison system, department says

Quotes JPI's Director of Research and Policy Ryan King.

The COVID-19 ‘Catch-22’ for Young People Behind Bars

JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses the current reality of youth in juvenile facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite pandemic, sheriff continues booking suspects on minor, nonviolent offenses

Quotes JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler.

COVID-19 Behind Bars: Release Can Be ‘Lethal’ Without Help

JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses how, as a response to COVID-19, the release of many individuals from facilities nationwide need reentry support; there is an urgent need for proper discharge planning to meet the immediate and long-term needs of people returning to their communities.

Growing Old in Prison: How Md. Is Working to Ease Path to Release for a Low-Risk, High-Cost Population

Quotes JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler.

Maryland ACLU calls for widespread testing of inmates and workers; corrections department discusses wider testing

Cites JPI's "Maryland Prisons and COVID-19."

Cut in MD Youth Detention During Pandemic Lowers Racial Disparities

Quotes JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler and cites JPI's "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of Black Young Adults in Maryland" policy brief.

Incarceration Increases Young Black Men’s Risk of Repeatedly Being Violently Injured

Cite JPI's "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of Black Young Adults in Maryland" policy brief.

SHOT BY POLICE, THEN CONVICTED IN A MURDER HE SAYS HE DIDN’T COMMIT. NOW HE’S FACING COVID-19 BEHIND BARS.

Cite's JPI's "Maryland Faces COVID-19 Catastrophe in Prison without Immediate Steps to Decarcerate" policy brief. 

D.C. should act now to save the lives of returning citizens

Cites JPI's new resource "DC Jail and COVID-19."

[PRESS RELEASE] NEW POLICY BRIEF: COVID-19 Threatens Explosion in Maryland Prisons Without Immediate Intervention

COVID-19 Threatens Explosion in Maryland Prisons Without Immediate Intervention

Staff, Youth at Enormous Risk of COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities

JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses how both staff and youth inside correctional facilities are exposed and ill-equipped for the pandemic. 

Maryland Reports First Inmate Death From COVID-19 Pandemic

Cite JPI's advocacy of the list of demands sent to Maryland Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan that could lessen the impact of the pandemic in Maryland’s detention facilities. 

Release Nonviolent Inmates and Juveniles So They Can Social Distance From Home

Cite JPI's "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of Black Young Adults in Maryland" policy brief.

Coronavirus spreads in DC region’s prisons as families, advocates worry and seek action

Cite JPI's advocacy of the list of demands sent to Maryland Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan that could lessen the impact of the pandemic in Maryland’s detention facilities.

Advocates Reiterate Plea For Prisoner Release, Call Hogan’s Actions ‘Unconscionable’

Quotes JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker on the call for depopulating Maryland's state and local facilities during the wake of COVID-19. 

Marylanders Worry About Loved Ones Behind Bars Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Highlighting JPI's #DECARCERATECOVID-19 virtual press conference.

As COVID-19 outbreak strikes DC Jail, activists expand their push for more substantial corrective actions

Quotes JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler and JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker.

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