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Recent Reports on Youth Violence

Report Highlights Health Disparities among Young Men in Baltimore
“Baltimore’s Young Men: In Their Prime?”, a new report from the Center for Adolescent Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, details the health disparities that carry physical and psychological consequences for area males and also influence the health of their families and sexual partners. Exposure to violence, drug use and limited or no access to regular health care and medical insurance are frequent issues in Baltimore, which has a poverty rate three times that of Maryland. Baltimore City also faces alarmingly high rates of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Read more here: or click here to view the full article. For this and more information, visit the Bloomberg Ceneter for Adolescent Health

The Office of the Maryland Attorney General: Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit (JJMU)
The mission of the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit (JJMU) is to promote the positive transformation of the juvenile justice system to meet the needs of Maryland’s youth, families and communities. This mission is accomplished by collaborating with all who are involved with the juvenile justice system; collecting and evaluating all information; reporting findings and recommendations, and monitoring actions taken. The Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit is responsible for reviewing and reporting on Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) residential programs across Maryland. Responsibilities include evaluating the treatment of and services to youth; the physical conditions; adequacy of staffing and the Department of Juvenile Service’s child advocacy grievance process in each facility.  The JJMU released its 2008 Annual Report in the following three sections on February 10, 2009: Systemic, Facilities,  Response. This report is also available now on the Attorney General website at

The Maryland Child and Family Services Interagency Strategic Plan
This strategic plan is the culmination of an intensive, collaborative effort by the Maryland Children's Cabinet in partnership with families, communities, and providers to improve the child-family serving delivery system to better anticipate and respond to the needs of youth and families. The goal for this strategic planning process was the implementation of a coordinated interagency effort to develop a youth service system that can better meet the needs of youth and their families and target children who are at risk. Click here to view the Strategic Plan

PACT Program End of Year Report
This report highlights program progress, successes and challenges of the Pre-Adjudication Coordination & Training Pilot program operated by the Mayor's Office of Employment Development. Click here to view the report

Educational Leadership
The U.S. has a high school graduation crisis, thus addressing the importance of early intervention in preventing school dropout rates is very critical. By promptly reacting to student distress signals, schools can redirect potential dropouts onto the path toward graduation. Click here to view article

Experts Call for Community Mobilization to Curb Youth Violence
San Diego, March 9, 2008: Homicide is the second leading cause of death for all 15-24 year olds, and the leading cause for African-Amercian youth. In an important special supplement to the March 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14 contributions from a diverse group of researchers and an article by U.S. Senator Arlen Specter address the need to reduce and prevent youth violence and explore some of the community based approaches that have proven successful. Click here to view full article