Juvenile Justice Reform Council


During the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly the legislature passed and Governor Hogan signed Senate Bill 856 / House Bill 606​ establishing the Juvenile Justice Reform Council (JJRC or Council), which is to be staffed by the Department of Legislative Services.

The JJRC is charged with,

  1. using a data-driven approach to develop a statewide framework of policies to invest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism of youth offenders;
  2. research best practices for the treatment of juveniles who are subject to the criminal and juvenile justice systems; and
  3. identify and make recommendations to limit or otherwise mitigate risk factors that contribute to juvenile contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Additionally, the JJRC is directed to convene an advisory stakeholder group that includes representatives from organizations with experience in juvenile justice policy reform, advocating for groups with disproportionate contact with the criminal and juvenile justice system, advocating for victims of crime, and restorative justice. The JJRC will work with the advisory stakeholder group to conduct roundtable discussion forums to seek public input regarding juvenile justice system reform in all geographic regions of the state. Lastly, the JJRC is required to utilize a technical assistance provider to help carry out the mission of the Council. By December 1, 2019, the council must submit an interim report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly; a final report is due by December 1, 2020.

For up to date information about the Council, including meeting dates, agendas, and video, please visit the Juvenile Justice Reform Council.


JJRC Implementation​

Past Meetings


2019 Regional Listening Sessions


All listening sessions were recorded, links to those videos can be found here:

Metro - Prince George's County: ​March 2: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm​
Prince George’s County Government Office
1801 McCormick Drive, Conference Room 140
Largo, MD 20774

Baltimore City: February 11: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm​
The Family League of Baltimore, 2305 North Charles Street,
Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21218

Lower Shore: February 6: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD 21804

Upper Shore: February 5: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm​
Chesapeake College Higher Education Center
Higher Education Center, Room HEC 110,
1000 College Cir., Wye Mills, MD 21679

Central: January 29: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Community College of Baltimore County – Catonsville Campus
Student Services Bldg.-Rm. 004 (Parking Lot #5)
800 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

Metro - Montgomery County: January 22: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm
White Oak Community Rec Center
1700 April Ln., Silver Spring, MD 20904

Southern: January 16: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Harriet E. Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Western Maryland: January 9: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Allegany College of Maryland
Continuing Education and Room CE19,
12401 Willowbrook Road, SE, Cumberland, Maryland 21502-2596


Presentations and Research


Proposed Recommendations






Technical Assistance