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BRIDGE Maryland, CAIR to Join Maryland Coalition in Urging State Senate to Pass Critical Juvenile Justice Bills

(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/7/21) – On Thursday, April 8, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and BRIDGE Maryland will join a coalition of activists, faith leaders and elected officials at a news conference at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis, Md., to urge state senators to pass critical juvenile justice bills before session ends next week. 

WHAT: News Conference Urging State Lawmakers to Pass Juvenile Justice Bills SB136 and SB853 

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. EST 

WHERE: Lawyers Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, Md. 21401 

CONTACT: Rev. Marlon B. Tilghman, Pastor, AMES United Methodist Church, Criminal Justice Co-chair, BRIDGE Maryland, Inc., 443-629-7363, mintilghman816@gmail.com; CAIR Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com 

The two priority bills leaders are urging lawmakers to pass are SB136 Juvenile Interrogation Protection Act, and SB853 Juvenile Justice Reform. 

SEE: SB136   

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/Sb0136

SB853  

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/Sb0853

Both bills cross-filed in the House of Delegates have already passed. These measures would end the arrest of children and prohibit incarceration of juveniles for low-level offenses, along with other critical reforms. This action is supported by dozens of groups and organizations including the ACLU of Maryland, NAACP of Maryland, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and others. 

BRIDGE Maryland uses intentional relationship building, organizing and intensive leadership development in order to strengthen congregations and faith leaders to demonstrate and advance justice in the world.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062; Rev. Marlon B. Tilghman, Pastor, AMES United Methodist Church, Criminal Justice Co-chair, BRIDGE Maryland, Inc., 443-629-7363, mintilghman816@gmail.com 

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