Amy Walters Discusses Juvenile Justice System

A letter to the editor co-authored by Skadden Fellow Amy Walters, an attorney with the Maryland Disabilities Law Center, has been published by The Baltimore Sun (“A New Jail Won’t Fix Maryland’s Broken Juvenile Justice System,” Aug. 17). “We agree with The Sun that a proposed $70 million juvenile jail will do nothing to address the real problems with Maryland’s juvenile justice system and that the whole policy of charging minors as adults needs rethinking,” the letter said. “The debate over the proposed jail serves to mask the real problem: Only a handful of youth charged as adults end up serving time in adult prisons. The rest end up either back on the streets, having never received the help they needed, or in a juvenile facility, where they eventually get the services they should have received months earlier.”