Youth Rights

The ACLU of Maryland works to protect the constitutional rights of young people at home, in schools, and in their communities. We support youth by defending their freedom of expression and association, protecting their freedom to learn about and grapple with controversial ideas, working to guarantee equal access to education, ensuring due process in disciplinary action, and fighting for fair and age-appropriate treatment by the justice system.

Recent Activity

Judge Dismisses FOP suit seeking to block Civilian Review Board

News article, November 4, 2016

Police accountability advocates filed a brief challenging the FOP

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ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate the Use and Impact of Face Recognition

News article, October 18, 2016

ACLU of Maryland Raises Concerns About Impact in Baltimore

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Police Secretly Put Large Part of Baltimore Under Constant Aerial Video Surveillance

News article, August 24, 2016

Technology Was Developed for U.S. Military in Iraq

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School police being used as auxiliary Baltimore police officers?

News article, August 15, 2016

Statement from Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline

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Baltimore Education Coalition Speaks Out on Port Covington's Impact on State Education Aid

News article, August 11, 2016

Groups challenges MuniCap analysis

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Department of Justice findings regarding the Baltimore City Police Department

News article, August 10, 2016

Total lack of supervision and accountability has allowed abuses to flourish unchecked

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Citing Governor's Claim of "Declining Revenues," Groups Ask for Transfer of Public Funding from Private to Public Schools

News article, August 5, 2016

Call on Gov to withhold $5 million set aside for private school vouchers as part of FY2017 budget

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REPORT: Excessive, Wrongheaded Mandatory Detention of Immigrants in Maryland

News article, August 4, 2016

Most Could Be Safely Released on Bond While Their Cases Progress

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Statement on Police-Involved Shooting of Korryn Gaines

News article, August 2, 2016

It should be the goal of police that all involved in encounters survive

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Statement After Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers Regarding Freddie Gray

News article, July 27, 2016

It is a travesty that not one Baltimore Police officer will be held accountable by the court

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Advocates Call on Mayor and Police Commissioner to Remove Barriers to Police Accountability

News article, July 21, 2016

Civilian oversight and transparency in police discipline needed

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ACLU Challenges Baltimore Police Union’s Attempt to Block Work of Civilian Review Board

News article, July 14, 2016

Brief urges Court to dismiss FOP case as frivolous and contrary to improving police-community relations

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ACLU Sues To Ensure Consideration of Youth Status in Sentencing and Parole

News article, April 6, 2016

Maryland must meet constitutional requirement of "a second chance" for rehabilitated juvenile lifers

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ACLU speaks out about student slapped, kicked by school resource officer

News article, March 3, 2016

Problems within Baltimore School Police go far beyond this incident and require systemic reform

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ACLU supports promising "community schools" strategy

News article, February 11, 2016

Incorporating holistic methods of student and family engagement brings results

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Mayor, Baltimore Schools CEO, Del. McIntosh to join coalition to call for school funding

News article, May 11, 2015

Baltimore Education Coalition to Urge Gov. Hogan to release school funding

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Parents and Students to Deliver Postcards to Governor, Urging Restoration of City School Funding

News article, March 9, 2015

Baltimore City Delegation to Stand with Baltimore Education Coalition

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Education Coalition Urges Action for Critical City School Building Repairs

News article, November 10, 2014

BEC urges state to continue regular allocation of capital funding

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ACLU Seeks Answers to Unanswered Questions about Baltimore's Expanded Curfew Plans

News article, August 7, 2014

Group files public information request for copies of policies and directives to police officers

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Groups Thank Governor O'Malley for Leadership on Child Refugee Crisis

News article, July 22, 2014

Letter offers help in welcoming children to our state

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Civil Rights and Youth Groups Offer Alternative to Proposed Curfew Expansion

News article, May 29, 2014

Alternate plan promotes safety of Baltimore youth without risking the criminalization and unintended consequences of an expanded curfew

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Juvenile Curfew

Legal case, May 15, 2014

Extreme, far-reaching juvenile curfew in Baltimore City

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ACLU Raises Concerns with Far-Reaching Youth Curfew Proposal in Baltimore City

News article, May 12, 2014

Courts around the country have struck down as unconstitutional less extreme curfews laws

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

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ACLU Slams Montgomery County Schools For Refusing to Discuss How to Stop Pledge of Allegiance Harassment

News article, May 21, 2013

County Needs to Ensure Policy is Followed in Schools

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ACLU hails passage of bill to reduce youth incarceration

News article, April 9, 2013

Keeps youth charged with minor offenses out of juvenile facilities

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ACLU Defends Montgomery County Student Harassed for Not Standing for Pledge

News article, April 9, 2013

Repeated Violations Demand Systemic Reform in County

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Montgomery County Pledge of Allegiance Harassment

Legal case, April 9, 2013

ACLU of Maryland defends Montgomery County student harassed for not standing for Pledge. Repeated violations demand systemic reform in County.

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ACLU Lauds Passage of the $1 Billion Baltimore City School Construction Bill

News article, April 3, 2013

Legislation comes three years after ACLU's "Buildings for Academic Excellence" report

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Senate Passes Bill Protecting Student Social Media Privacy

News article, March 21, 2013

Maryland Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 838, which would prohibit academic institutions from requiring a students to provide access to personal internet or electronic accounts.

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ACLU Advocates for Student Social Media Privacy Bills

News article, March 4, 2013

Legislation builds on new employee social media privacy law

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ACLU Opposes Bill to Put Police Officers in Every School

News article, February 28, 2013

Criminalizing Minor Discipline Issues Does More Harm Than Good

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New Video Profiles Cutting Edge School Building Renovation

News article, May 31, 2012

Students at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School Inspired by Allied Health Suite

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"Doomsday" budget averted!

News article, May 29, 2012

State legislature restores $128 million in education funding during the May special session.

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What do "doomsday" budget cuts mean for education?

News article, May 7, 2012

A chart detailing the cuts to education and other critical services should the state legislature fail to pass reconciliation and revenue bills in special session.

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Legislature Mandates Study of Innovative School Construction Proposal

News article, March 30, 2012

Advocates Say Sense of Urgency Needed to Move Forward with a Comprehensive Renovation Plan

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ACLU Speaks Out Against Arrest, Handcuffing of Young Children at Baltimore School

News article, March 30, 2012

BPD's actions are appalling and in violation of state regulations on school arrests

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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Just-in-Time Victory for Bel Air High Drama Students Harford Officials Reverse Censorship of Gay Scene

News article, November 4, 2011

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ACLU Blasts Bel Air High School Censorship of Gay Scene in “Almost, Maine”

News article, November 3, 2011

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LGBT censorship of Bel Air High School play

Legal case, November 2, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland urged Harford County Public School officials to allow a play to be staged as written and not censor a scene that features an LGBT storyline.

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Community Leaders Launch Broad Campaign to Promote Fully Renovated and Modernized City School Facilities

News article, August 18, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland to Testify Against Proposed Juvenile Curfew in Montgomery County

News article, July 26, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland stands up for youth and parent rights in Montgomery County juvenile curfew controversy

News article, July 22, 2011

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ACLU, Open Society Institute Ask State Board of Education to Address High Rates of Suspensions

News article, May 25, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland Lauds Passage of Bill Advancing Parity for Girls in Juvenile Justice System

News article, April 11, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland Highlights Gender Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System at Hearing Today in Annapolis

News article, February 17, 2011

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ACLU Presents Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute Plan to Finance Baltimore City School Building Modernization

News article, December 15, 2010

Financing strategy that could fully fund the $2.8 billion needed to modernize all schools in Baltimore City within 10 years

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ACLU Report Urges Action Plan to Modernize Baltimore City School Buildings

News article, June 2, 2010

"Buildings for Academic Excellence" urges large-scale building and renovation effort

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