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New Work Sessions Launch Concerted Effort to Reduce Juvenile Crime
On Tuesday, January 30th, in a concerted effort to reduce juvenile crime in the County, the Council will hold the first of a series of works sessions to tackle critical issues surrounding juveniles, public safety, and the criminal justice system. The goal is to identify and implement solutions that reduce juvenile crime and attain the best outcomes for Prince George’s County youth, both inside and outside of the criminal justice system.
This portion of the meeting is set to start Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy will provide an overview of the Office’s Youth Justice Unit, data relating to youth offenses, pre-prosecution diversion efforts and sentencing; and an update on the anti-truancy partnership with PGCPS.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz will provide an update on juvenile crime data, youth outreach programs, and juvenile crime reduction strategies.
Prince George’s County Public Schools will focus on truancy, juvenile crime in schools, in-school disciplinary policies, and support services for at-risk students (including gang prevention and mentoring programs).
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation and Maryland-National Capital Park Police will also provide updates and data to the Council.
“As Chair of the Health, Human Services and Public Safety Committee, a major focus is the circumstances and issues facing young people in our community,” said District 2 Council Member Wanika Fisher. “The County Council is committed to gathering information to form stronger programs and legislation to decrease crime committed by juveniles.”
Also of note Tuesday, the Council will honor Shante Trumpet, who disarmed a gunman during a fatal shooting rampage at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station one year ago. Ms. Trumpet will be presented with a Proclamation recognizing her “Heroic Service in the Community.” This is scheduled to happen at the start of the meeting at 11 a.m.
Tuesday’s meeting will take place in the Council Hearing Room at the Wayne K. Curry Administration Building at 1301 McCormick Dr. Largo, MD 20774.