Baltimore, MD - Nov. 23, 2020 - In response to our call to action requesting contacting Senator Jill Carter, this morning Chaim Rubenstein sent the following to the Senator. Others are urged to write and/or call. Our community needs your involvement. Please make your voice heard, TODAY!.

Dear Senator Carter:

I am strongly opposed to your suggestion that the juvenile designation for criminal suspects be raised from 16 years old to 18 years old. The recidivism rate among juveniles is out of control, mostly due to the juveniles' belief that there are no significant repercussions to their criminal activity and the current system's lack of effectiveness. Although currently, jail may not be appropriate for rehabilitation, it would be far better for you to address the causes of juvenile crime and propose reforms to the ineffective and overburdened juvenile justice system. Your proposal will only add 16 and 17 year-olds to the growing number of criminal youth who see no real consequences of their actions. As a legislator for almost 18 years and a member of committees supposedly addressing this issue, I am sure you can come up with more reasonable suggestions to correct this unacceptable situation for the benefit of the youth and the community you serve. Until then, let 16 and 17 year olds be treated as adults when they act like adults in committing crime.

Thank you for reconsidering this terrible idea.

- Chaim Rubenstein