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FAMM Congratulates Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project
Ocean City, MD – Tomorrow, the Maryland State Bar Association will honor the Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project (MJLPRP) with the Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award. The award is given to organizations and individuals who have made a significant contribution to pro bono civil legal services to Maryland’s poor.
“We’re extremely honored and excited to be a part of this extraordinary project,” said Mary Price, FAMM general counsel, who joined other MJLPRP partners in accepting the award. “All the lawyers involved in the MJLPRP have worked tirelessly on behalf of those who cannot afford to fight for themselves. We’re collectively grateful to receive this award in recognition of the importance of this work, and the many lawyers who have helped to get it done.”
The MJLPRP was formed in response to the unmet need for legal representation for people serving life sentences in Maryland’s prisons for crimes committed as juveniles.
Since its founding in May 2017, the group has recruited 50 pro bono attorneys, providing training and support. Project attorneys are currently representing 28 clients. Each case requires an estimated 40 to 125 hours.
The Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project is a group comprised of Families Against Mandatory Minimums; the University of Baltimore Law School Juvenile Justice Project; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; the Maryland Office of the Public Defender; the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland; the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative; the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Clemency Project; and the American University Washington College of Law Criminal Justice Clinic.
FAMM is a nonpartisan, national advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice reforms to make our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM promotes change by raising the voices of families and individuals who are directly affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.
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