Youth Justice and Equity Council

The mission of the Youth Justice and Equity Council (the Council) is to develop and steer the application of a comprehensive framework, action plan, and implementation strategy for juvenile justice reform in Baltimore City. Each of these will reflect the multiple structures with which at-risk and adjudicated youth interface and focus on improving the overall well-being of all youth in Baltimore City, enabling them to take full advantage of their potential. The Council will work to minimize and, where possible, eliminate structural barriers that result in the criminalization and disproportionate detainment of youth of color by advancing an agenda that focuses on prevention, intervention, restorative justice, and reintegration strategies.


Rais Akbar, Advocates for Children and Youth

Kara Annenson, Community Law in Action

Julia Baez, Baltimore’s Promise

Sara Betsinger, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Lamar Davis, The Choice Program

Ernest Dorsey, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

Jill Farrell, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Lisa Garry, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

Paolo Harris, Ingoma Foundation

Maceo Hallman, East Baltimore Community Corporation

Tara Huffman, Open Society Institute – Baltimore

Shanelle Johnson, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

Samantha Mellerson, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Demaune Millard, Family League of Baltimore

Al Pasarrella, Baltimore’s Promise

Marlene Sallo, ABA Children’s Rights Litigation Committee

Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Council

Christopher Scott, Open Society Foundations

Melanie Shapiro, Office of the Public Defender

Marie Washington, East Baltimore Community Corporation

David Young, Baltimore City Circuit Court