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Which direction will Maryland take on juvenile justice reform?

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, center, speaks with reporters outside a community center in Brooklyn on July 4, 2023, to discuss the mass shooting that took place nearby a few days earlier, standing alongside Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and other elected Maryland and local government officials. (Ulysses Muñoz / The Baltimore Banner)
Ulysses Muñoz / The Baltimore Banner
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore speaks alongside Mayor Brandon Scott and other government officials after the mass shooting in Brooklyn Homes which severely impacted the area's youth.

Reforming the way juveniles experience the justice system has been a hot topic in the Maryland General Assembly this year.

Earlier this month, both the House and Senate passed bills that address concerns about holding young offenders accountable while also offering them appropriate rehabilitation.

Tom's first guest on this issue is Delegate Luke Clippinger, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and co-sponsor of the House bill. He joins us to discuss the legislation, which now heads to the Senate.

Next, we hear from Judge Andre Davis who served on four courts over a 30-year career, and also served as Baltimore City Solicitor during the Catherine Pugh administration. Recently, he co-authored an essay in the Baltimore Banner entitled “Juvenile Sentencing Bill is About Politics, Not Reducing Crime.”

Finally, Tom speaks with James Dold, the Founder and CEO of Human Rights for Kids, who wrote a commentary featured in the Baltimore Sun entitled, "Treat, don't criminalize, Maryland's young children."

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