The ACLU of Maryland works to protect the constitutional rights of children. We advocate to ensure they are not subjected to discipline or punishment that is biased, unfair or inappropriate for their age. We defend their freedom of expression and association. We protect their freedom to learn about and grapple with controversial ideas. And we work to guarantee that every child receives an excellent education.
Protect Children’s Due Process Rights (2024)
Every day in Maryland, children entangled in the legal justice system are questioned without a parent, guardian, or attorney present. As a result, they face criminal charges, prosecution, and incarceration without the basic due process rights that adults are entitled to. This is particularly dire for Black, Indigenous, and Children of Color, who are over-policed.
Maryland General Assembly Report (2022)
The ACLU of Maryland, along with the Maryland Youth Justice Coalition, successfully passed the Child Interrogation Protection Act (SB 53/ HB 269) during the 2022 Maryland General Assembly.