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Civil Rights Icon Joins Push to Stop Youth Jail

On Thursday Civil Rights Icon Rev. Jesse Jackson will join youth advocates, community members and local leaders to call for funds to build a youth jail be reallocated to positive services for youth

Dear Baltimoreans,

On Thursday, November 8, Civil Rights Icon Rev. Jesse Jackson will join youth advocates, community members and local leaders for a citywide rally calling for funds slated to build a youth jail in Baltimore City to be reallocated to positive services for city youth.

The rally is being organized by the Safe and Sound Campaign and will be held outside, in front of City Hall at the War Memorial Plaza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The rally will address the state’s plan to build a youth jail in spite of research that identifies alternative methods that are more effective and less costly. The Safe and Sound Campaign, following months of meetings and conversations with the Office of Governor Martin O’Malley, is advocating the reallocation of nearly $100 million in funding for the jail be redirected toward a broader, more comprehensive plan that promotes youth success by investing in alternatives to detention, like apprenticeships, jobs and recreational opportunities.

For more information about the "Reallocate to Recreate Rally," the proposed youth jail, the alternative projects, or how to win raffle prizes please contact Safe and Sound at 410-625-7976.

WHO: The Rev. Jesse Jackson, youth advocates, community members and local leaders

WHAT: A rally calling for the funds slated to build a youth jail in Baltimore City to be reallocated to positive services for city youth.

WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: The War Memorial Plaza, directly outside City Hall.

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Baltimore Matt November 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Gee...lets not have a youth jail, we'll just put those little animals back on the street to sour the entire bunch by influencing our children, sell their drugs, ruining our property values, destroy our communities, not go to the schools that we provide, stealing our stuff, commiting violent crimes, and being a general burden on our city becuase they know they will get away with it. I'm very liberal but if you ask me it's time to build the biggest youth jail ever.
Parkvillehoney November 10, 2012 at 05:01 AM
You have to start mentoring these inner city kids at a very young age. Two great examples helping older inner city kids are St Francis Academy and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. They are ran by the Catholic Church. I would like to see a strong Boys and Girls Club to mentor these kids. Yes, a scaled down juvenile jail should be built but funding must be a PRIORITY for Boys and Girls Clubs in Baltimore City.
Baltimore Matt November 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Sure you can mentor the youth...if they are young enough and you can separate them from their dysfunctional family and friends. But we need a large youth jail to house the others that are destroying the fabric of our communities. I don't want to keep seeing the same delinquents keep getting arrested and released for selling drugs, committing violent acts, stealing, vandalizing their neighbors property, etc. We need to build a huge youth jail (if not the youths will either be turn right back in the street as they are now or be in terrible overcrowding, which is illegal and will lead to their release)

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