Premiere – The Truth About Our Youth: A Look at Maryland’s Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System
April 2, 2014, 7-9 pm, The Towson Arts Collective
Admission is free. Panel discussion to follow.
“I was 16 and I was doing good in school…Getting locked up just …threw it off track.” Kevin J.
“When I first went into the Baltimore City Detention Center, I was a little cricket in a big grasshopper world, if you could say that…I was the smallest thing in the biggest jumpsuit. . .and I was scared to death.” Jabriera H.
“My cell buddy, he was 40 and I was 16…I felt like I was lost. I was scared.” Richard R.
These words introduce the stories in The Truth About Our Youth: A Look at Maryland’s Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System, premiering April 2, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Towson Arts Collective. The film examines Maryland’s practice of automatically charging youth as adults through the stories of four individuals charged as adults while still teenagers and the words of advocates fighting to reform the system. The Truth About Our Youth was produced by Just Kids, produced, filmed, and directed by the Megaphone Project, and is supported in part, by a grant from Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
This free event will also include a chance to walk the red carpet and feature original artwork about youth’s experiences in adult jails. A panel discussion with advocates and youth formerly charged as adults will follow the film.