Criminal and Juvenile Justice Half-Day Forum

The Criminal and Juvenile Justice half-day forum was held on October 22 at the Real News Network Read a recap of the event here. In advance of the half-day forum, the Planning Group (listed below) prepared a white paper which included background information, a list of previous research and sources and 27 potential recommendations which included policing, re-entry services, bail reform, and youth justice that were presented for discussion at the forum, then voted on by participants using mobile technology. You can review the paper here.

Below are the 10 recommendations that were selected and will be incorporated into the Solutions Summit on December 10th.(Register for free here.)

Criminal and Juvenile Justice Recommendations Ballot – WINNERS

Police Reform

  1. Increase the transparency of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). 
  1. Mandate ongoing training from independent experts and community based organization(s) for all BPD cadets and in-service officers on best practices. 
  1. Work with the Baltimore City state delegation to introduce and pass a public local law to transfer the BPD from nominal state control to full Baltimore City control. 

Pretrial Reform

  1. Create a Baltimore City executive commission to review pretrial agencies and practices (including pretrial services, state practices, and court practices), and have the commission release an advisory opinion.

 Reentry and Collateral Consequences

  1. Encourage and incentivize public and private employers to hire returning citizens and other individuals with criminal records. 
  1. Provide tools, workforce training, and supports for returning citizens and other individuals with criminal records seeking employment. 
  1. Remove legal and systemic barriers to employment for returning citizens and other individuals with criminal records.

 Youth Justice Reform

  1. Advocate for school discipline reform by improving conduct of school police, amending the Baltimore City student handbook, and reallocating funds from punitive school discipline practices to restorative justice practices and peer mediation. 
  1. Baltimore City schools should offer an environment that is comfortable, nurturing, safe, and conducive to learning by improving school climate and processes. 
  1. Allocate resources to support Baltimore City school students through increased wrap-around services for students and their families, and increased access to social workers to address family challenges (including housing, medical and behavioral health, and legal assistance needs). (23)


Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Group

Andre Davis-sqAndre M. Davis (co-chair) is a Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Previously, Davis was a federal district judge, and was nominated first for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit by President Bill Clinton in 2000. He was re-nominated to the Fourth Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2009. He received a BA in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, and graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1978. Davis is currently a member of the OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board.


Tara Huffman-sqTara Huffman (co-chair) is the Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program at OSI-Baltimore. She comes to OSI-Baltimore with both national and local experience, strong advocacy skills, and deep knowledge of the field and of the organizational development needs of grantees. Previously, Huffman provided coaching and consulting services to non-profit leaders and organizations—including to the Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network. Before that, she served for five years as the Deputy Director for Policy and Programs at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Webster, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research; Director, Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction; Deputy Director for Research, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence; Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

David Rocah, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU of Maryland

Michael Pinard, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Clinical Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Zina Makar, Clinical Teaching Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law; OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow

Caryn Aslan, Senior Policy Advocate, Job Opportunities Task Force

Ralikh Hayes, Organizer, Baltimore Bloc; Development Associate, Public Justice Center

Samantha Mellerson, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation