Reallocate funding for the youth jail
  • Petitioned Governor Martin O'Malley

This petition was delivered to:

Governor Martin O'Malley
Lt Gov Anthony Brown
Chief of Staff
Matthew D. Gallagher
Mayor of Baltimore
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Special Assistant
Victoria A. Fowley

Reallocate funding for the youth jail

    1. Paul Truman
    2. Petition by

      Paul Truman

      Baltimore, MD

Contact Governor O'Malley by phone at 410 974-3901! Call every day until we get these funds reallocated for positive purposes! For more info and to stay involved, go to ,, , and

Since before 2010, Baltimore youth advocate groups including Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, the Just Kids Partnership, and the Baltimore Algebra Project have advocated against plans to spend $70 million on a new juvenile detention facility. 

Governor O'Malley,

Reverend Dr. Jesse Jackson, youth advocates, state government officals, and Baltimore city officials including Council President Bernard "Jack" Young, recently held a rally opposing your plans to spend $70 million on a new juvenile detention facility. At a time when schools and recreation centers are closing, they instead suggest investing in positive alternatives for youth that produce success by nurturing healthy development and implementing the scenarios put forth by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, we can truly make Baltimore a great place for children, youth and families. 

I urge you to use the allocated funding for this proposed facility in a better way and enact the recommendations of this report.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2012

      Paul Truman
      Petition Organizer
      Baltimore Algebra Project Stops Juvenile Detention Center | The Nation

      When Bob Moses brought his Algebra Project to Baltimore in 1990, he could hardly have imagined the impact his mathematics curriculum would have on the city's youth two decades later. Convinced that inner-city kids should be prepared for honors-level high school math, Moses - a leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee - founded the Algebra Project, which uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Rev. Jackson called in to oppose city youth jail

      Paul Truman
      Petition Organizer
      Rev. Jackson called in to oppose city youth jail

      Famous civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke in Baltimore on Thursday at a rally opposing the building of a new youth detention center in the city. Kate Amara reports.


    Reasons for signing

    • Sophia Chambers LINEBORO, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please put money towards education and social services! I youth jail will not decrease crime in Baltimore.

    • Iris Kirsch BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a teacher in Baltimore, I know our youth deserve the benefit of the doubt. The jail is not being built for convicted youth, but for CHARGED youth. Leave them in Juvy--or better yet, stop arresting so many young people.

    • Kevin Sherry BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe that children are our future

    • Pia Mauro BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      This will only exacerbate the negative outcomes associated with criminally involved youth. Use the funds to help prevent incarceration in the first place!

    • Rachel Boss BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Baltimore needs to reduce rates of youth incarceration, not find new places to jail youth offenders!


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